Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Firefly July and Other Very Short Poems

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Review - Firefly July and Other Very Short Poems

Firefly July and Other Very Short Poems

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About the Book
Celebrated poet and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko pairs with Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet for a collection of short poems to sample and savor.

It only takes a few words, if they’re the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cozy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection remind readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow. Selected by acclaimed poet Paul B. Janeczko and gorgeously illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems invites children to sample poems throughout the four seasons.

My Take on the Book
This book contains 36 short poems written by various authors. The table of contents shows that the poems are divided into sections which include all four seasons of the year. The illustrations are so beautiful and perfectly reflect the meaning of each poem.

I enjoyed the variety of topics as I read through this book. One of my favorite poems by Carl Sandburg, FOG, was included. The illustrator created the perfect art work for his poem in this book.

I feel children need to be exposed to poetry. I feel they need to hear it read expressively and read it too. Children need to see that they can write poetry too. There are so many wonderful ways to teach children how to write poetry. However, exposure is very important for the appreciation of this written form of reading.

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