THIS IS A POEM THAT HEALS FISH by Jean-Pierre Siméon

THIS IS A POEM THAT HEALS FISH

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A small boy explores what a poem is and discovers “a poem is when words beat their wings.” When Arthur worries his pet fish may die of boredom, his mother suggests giving the fish a poem. But Arthur has no idea what a poem is, so he checks out the kitchen cabinet and the cleaning supplies and under his parents’ bed to no avail. Then he asks his friend Lolo who repairs bicycles and Mrs. Round the baker and his neighbor Mahmoud and his canary Aristophanes and his grandma and his grandpa. No one seems to have the same definition of a poem. But, as Arthur describes to his fish what he has learned about a poem, he creates his own poem. Imaginative fauvist illustrations capture the fanciful, free mood of the text as well as the essence of a poem, which indeed can “turn words around, upside down, and—suddenly!—the world is new.” An enchantingly abstract invitation to ponder poetry. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 1-59270-067-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2007




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