WHAT IS THAT SOUND! by Mary L. O'Neill


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Twenty-seven possible answers are offered here, defined and ""recorded"" in poems of short and medium length. They vary from the always familiar noises (like ""Baa,"" ""Growl,"" ""Oink-Grunt""), to the abstract (""What is the Sound of Love?...Air?...Earth?""). The easy meter and rhyme make the verses attractive to handle, but compared to Hailstones and Halibut Bones and some of the other popular poetry collections from this writer, they seem a little too glib. None of the selections has pinpointed a noise as memorably as its own actual sound, and if you read the poems at one sitting you begin to suspect that all noises are identical. Teachers may find this a useful collection to read from, but their students are likely to gain more amusement from reading through the titles and doing their own imitations.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1966
Publisher: Atheneum