Friday, September 10, 2010

Poetry Friday Roundup

My selection is Golden Kite Award winner, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman, illustrated in picture book form by Loren Long.
This presentation uses a young boy as narrator for Whitman's verses. The child's fascination with the stars, prompts his well-meaning parents to take him to an astronomy lecture. Bored by the dry dissertation, the youngster slips outside to joyfully contemplate the heavenly panorama that is spread across the night sky.

Long tempers the elegant precision of his paintings with contrasting doodles provided by his sons creating a visual parallel with the poetic lines.

Friday's Famous First: Can you identify the title and author of this first line? "You ever hear of the jazz playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?"

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