SHADOW PLAY by Penny Harter


Night Haiku
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Age Range: 6 - 11
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 Harter (Stages and Views, not reviewed) evokes nighttime in a series of haiku poems that capture its sounds, shadows, and muted colors. As a child falls asleep, he remembers (imagines? dreams?) of nighttime excursions, lunar eclipses, shooting stars, the Milky Way. On a country road ``all the stars pour through/the car the roadside/one cow lifts her face/into our headlights.'' At a circus, a fortuneteller ``traces the line in my palm to a star.'' And on a moonless night there are ``as many crickets singing/as the stars.'' Drawn in off-color hues that bring to mind the forest greens and maroons of 1940s cars and styles, Greene's rich pastel-work brings Harter's modern haiku back to another time, and another childhood. The night is alive with movement, and with light, in this stunning book. (Poetry/Picture book. 6-11)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-88396-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1994


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