I'M GOING TO PET A WORM TODAY by Constance Levy

I'M GOING TO PET A WORM TODAY

And Other Poems
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

 In her first book for children, Levy offers an outstanding collection of 39 poems, most of them about the natural world as it might be observed by a child. Whether painting a precise verbal picture of a robin drinking (``From a tiny little chip/in the middle of a step/where a thimbleful of water/from the sprinkler collects...''), spinning an image that's part humor and part wonderment (``Sunset mixed this recipe:/Orange and grape and raspberry...Too, too tempting/Don't you think/All that orange and/All that pink...Night came sniffing/Like a pup;/licked it/liked it/lapped it up!''), or mimicking pecking birds (``We split the seeds/We pick the pits/We poke about for favorites...''), the poet understands just what will amuse, sees it with a clear eye, and presents it in a fresh voice whose clarity and natural, impeccably graceful cadences recall Valerie Worth's brief poems. A splendid debut, in a graciously open format enhanced by Himler's delicately understated drawings. (Poetry. 5-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-689-50535-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: McElderry
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1991




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