This sweet collection of haiku captures special moments of friendship and appreciation from a child’s point of view.
Love is explored in its broadest sense as a cast of winsome, ethnically diverse children are featured in everyday activities such as making snow angels, riding a bicycle and sharing a purple Popsicle. The pale watercolor backgrounds provide a soft, cozy environment in which the children begin their day as a cardinal chirps outside a window or several friends gather around a campfire to toast marshmallows. Snyder chooses words familiar to new readers while keeping the imagery and language lively and fun. One poem focuses on the reunion of a child and pet: “wiggle-wag tail love, / sloppy-smoochy-poochy love, / true-furry-friend love!” Another addresses a nighttime comfort: “shiny mister moon— / your smile keeps me company / when the lights go out,” while still another celebrates a newfound friend: “you be my jelly, / i’ll be your peanut butter— / let’s stick together!” It appears the book’s design aims to make it accessible to new poets and readers. All the text is lowercase, and much of the punctuation is limited to dashes and exclamation points. And most importantly, each poem satisfies when read aloud.
A good choice for emerging poetry fans. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)