CRICKET NEVER DOES by Myra Cohn Livingston

CRICKET NEVER DOES

A Collection of Haiku and Tanka
Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Livingston (B Is for Baby, 1996, etc.) presents poems using the traditional Japanese forms of haiku and tanka in a seasonal array, accompanied by de Kiefte's equally spare pen-and-ink drawings. ``Not wishing to stop/his chirping the whole night long,/Cricket never does'' is the piece that gives the collection a title. From such deceptively simple lines young poets may apply themselves to mastering this economic form of expression, for the examples in Livingston's slim volume set a standard. From the witty (``Now that Christmas is/over, poinsettias are/busy dropping leaves'') to the startling call to the imagination (``Close your eyes! Feel the/pale eyeballs of a dead cat . . . /two peeled purple grapes'') and the impressionistically evocative (``Floating in by way/of last night's late weather news . . . /a piece of lost storm''), there are constant flashes of the poet's vision, insight, and conviction. (Poetry. 10-14)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-689-81123-3
Page count: 42pp
Publisher: McElderry
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1997




MORE BY MYRA COHN LIVINGSTON

ChildrenCALENDAR by Myra Cohn Livingston
by Myra Cohn Livingston
ChildrenI AM WRITING A POEM ABOUT... by Myra Cohn Livingston
by Myra Cohn Livingston
ChildrenB IS FOR BABY by Myra Cohn Livingston
by Myra Cohn Livingston

MORE BY KEES DE KIEFTE

ChildrenCHUCK AND DANIELLE by Peter Dickinson
by Peter Dickinson
ChildrenYANG THE YOUNGEST AND HIS TERRIBLE EAR by Lensey Namioka
by Lensey Namioka
ChildrenWHAT KIND OF FAMILY DO YOU HAVE? by Gretchen Super
by Gretchen Super

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE YEAR COMES ROUND by Sid Farrar
by Sid Farrar