Friday, November 18, 2011

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted today by Tabitha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

My selection is "Pumpkin Butterfly: poems from the other side of nature" written by Heidi Mordhorst and illustrated by Jenny Reynish.

Mordhorst has composed more than twenty poems in a variety of forms to celebrate a year of nature beginning with the Fall.  Her imagery stretches reader perceptions with references to squirels as high-wire acrobats and likening the dazzling yellow of sunflowers to jazz.  The child's voice moves from energetic to wistful as Mordhorst invites readers to look more carefully at the natural world with their eyes and their imaginations.  Poems for active children -- shooting cherry pits, playing with autumn's leaves, and creating snow angels contrast with more sophisticated themes and language as when she references butterflies as "the ghosts of pumpkins."

Reynish's illustrations provide added visual impact, elevate the language with powerful imagery and frame verses with thoughtful detail.


Ruth said...

This sounds great.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Love this book! Thanks for sharing in this pumpkin-time-of-year.

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