COME AND PLAY

CHILDREN OF OUR WORLD HAVING FUN

This album pairs 29 photographs drawn from the Magnum archives with free-verse reactions collected from (anonymous) children by the editor, a New York City teacher. The pictures capture young people in many parts of the world displaying a range of emotions and expressions as they engage in games and dances, hang out together or generally horse around in a variety of settings. Though most of the photos are in arty black and white, they all radiate a playful tone that even very young viewers will pick up. The accompanying comments are plainspoken and, usually, thoughtful: “Fun is a motion. / Something that you really like. / Trying to fly, you feel a tingling / sensation inside of you. / Yippee!” The buoyant tone is infectious, and the format invites children to contribute observations of their own. (map, photo notes, editor’s note) (Picture book poetry. 6-8)

Pub Date: May 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59990-245-6

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2008

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HONEY, I LOVE

Iffy art cramps this 25th-anniversary reissue of the joyful title poem from Greenfield’s first collection (1978), illustrated by the Dillons. As timeless as ever, the poem celebrates everything a child loves, from kissing Mama’s warm, soft arm to listening to a cousin from the South, “ ’cause every word he says / just kind of slides out of his mouth.” “I love a lot of things / a whole lot of things,” the narrator concludes, “And honey, / I love ME, too.” The African-American child in the pictures sports an updated hairstyle and a big, infectious grin—but even younger viewers will notice that the spray of cool water that supposedly “stings my stomach” isn’t aimed there, and that a comforter on the child’s bed changes patterns between pages. More problematic, though, is a dropped doll that suddenly acquires a horrified expression that makes it look disturbingly like a live baby, and the cutesy winged fairy that hovers over the sleeping child in the final scene. The poem deserves better. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-06-009123-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amistad/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2002

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TRACES

What leaves bubbles of water and air on a lily pond? What leaves a path across the sand to the sea? What leaves shadows on the ground? The “wattled” and “warty” bullfrog creates bubbles on the lily pond. The turtle drags its way across the sand to the sea. Children playing follow the leader cast shadows on the ground. These questions and more are raised and answered in this quiet exploration of the traces different creatures and things leave as they pass on their way. The fox leaves its trace in a wooded glade. The snake leaves its trace in the tall wild grass. A jet airplane leaves its own trace across the sky. Even prehistoric dinosaurs and the wind leave unique marks on nature. Kuskin’s watercolor-and-collage illustrations brilliantly follow bubbles, tails, footprints and shadows across double-page spreads tracking clues left by the not-quite invisible passage of someone or something. A fascinating look at an overlooked part of nature. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-932425-43-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Front Street/Boyds Mills

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2008

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