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QUIET, PLEASE by Eve Merriam

QUIET, PLEASE

By Eve Merriam (Author) , Sheila Hamanaka (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-79816-2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 The late poet lists quiet things--``Invisible writing of butterflies''; ``Bare feet on the dewy grass at dawn''; ``Moonlight making a checkerboard on a brick wall''; etc.--more like notes for a poem than a finished work, since the language isn't especially evocative and choices such as stars, snow, milkweed, or giraffes aren't particularly unusual. Still, this small addition to a distinguished oeuvre can be used as a concept-extender or as inspiration for similar lists, while the words benefit from Hamanaka's visualization: spare, boldly rendered compositions, glowing with luminosity and richly saturated color. (Picture book. 4-8)