Books by Dorothy M. Kennedy

MAKE THINGS FLY by Dorothy M. Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

``I wonder if a little breeze,/too small to play upon the trees,/can play on spider webs?'' asks Aileen Fisher, in a typically short poem in this collection on the subject of the wind. Among the contributors of the 27 selections are those associated with children's poetry—e.g., Eve Merriam and Norma Farber—as well as such familiar writers as Carl Sandburg, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Christina Rossetti. The mood ranges from wishful musing to adventurous to scary. The book is a pleasing, practical size, with one-color illustrations in sepia pencil. Meret offers literal interpretations of the wind's pranks, with women's hair flying, stormy shipwrecks, galloping horsemen, and furniture sailing in a tornado. Although so many of the pieces are available in other volumes, the wind's ways form a benevolent umbrella under which to collect them anew. (indexes) (Poetry. 7-11) Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Teachers who know it all, mealtimes with Chicken Surprise, recess, ``propper'' English—all are trotted out, spoofed, or pummeled in this worthy anthology. Judith Viorst has a thing or two to say about awards; Russell Hoban is one of three rhyming scribblers to scrutinize homework. Also appearing are Farjeon, Prelutsky, McCord, Aileen Fisher, Colin McNaughton, Gary Soto, and more. X. J. Kennedy, who shares copyright with the selector, ties Myra Cohn Livingston with four pieces each, as subject after subject is treated with comic ferocity. Ebullient b&w drawings of cranky hot-lunch cooks and leaning schoolhouses reflect and celebrate the gleefully rebellious tone. Index. (Poetry. 7-10) Read full book review >
TALKING LIKE THE RAIN by X. J. Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

More like a ``second'' than a ``first book of poems,'' this large, generously illustrated volume will serve children from preschool through much of their elementary years. The Kennedys' combined experience as poet, educators, and writers is evident in the variety and depth of the selections here, topically grouped (``Play,'' ``Birds, Bugs, and Beasts,'' etc.) and ranging from the classical (Stevenson and Lear) through folk rhymes and songs to a good assortment of more recent poets (Langston Hughes, David McCord, N. M. Bodecker). The more than 100 poems also include a nicely varied sprinkling of Ogden Nash, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Aldis, and numerous others, all illustrated in appealing, conscientiously multiethnic watercolors with an old-fashioned flavor (several recall Jessie Wilcox Smith or the Petershams) but with some contemporary touches as well. A good addition to the poetry section that would also make a fine gift. Index. (Poetry. 3-10) Read full book review >