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HAVE YOU SEEN A COMET? by Anne; Helen Sattley & Joyce Arkhurst -- Eds. Pellowski



Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1971
Publisher: John Day

By children, but not in all cases childlike, many of the contributions to this beautifully produced anthology demonstrate the ability of very young writers to deal unselfconsciously with profound topics -- ""Death is like the growing of people/ It cannot be stopped,"" writes one eleven-year-old Australian boy. Other items are less weighty -- e.g., ""My Best Friend"" and a poem entitled ""Lemonade."" The art work, while uniformly impressive, reveals a similar diversification. There are few Miracles here but the international flavor (original versions of translations are included) and the colorful drawings compensate for some dead-weight prose. In its entirety the collection is likely to be most appealing to adults, and the editors suggest ""that this be a book for family sharing and reading aloud together"" -- one might add, selectively.