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LIGHT AND SHADOW by Myra Cohn Livingston


by Myra Cohn Livingston & photographed by Barbara Rogasky

Age Range: 6 & up

Pub Date: April 15th, 1992
ISBN: 0-8234-0931-7
Publisher: Holiday House

 Fourteen well-composed color photos explore the interplay of light and dark in intriguingly varied settings--the cool blue of the ocean at twilight or the fiery glow of sunrise; a campfire glow or a stream's midday shimmer; a funhouse mirror or a cascade of shining coins from a toll machine, silhouetted--by some alchemy--against black. Livingston explores the visual images in poems that might be termed verbal paintings, each beginning with the word ``Light'' and composed of four brief verses: ``Light finds/a place to rest/on peeling windowsills,/lazes//among/branches of a/towering tree caught in/white sky,'' begins ``Abandoned House,'' which faces a curious composition resulting from a window that reflects trees and sky- -except where panes are missing. An interesting and artful book that might inspire other verbal/visual pairings. (Nonfiction. 6+)