RED DOG/BLUE FLY by Sharon Bell Mathis

RED DOG/BLUE FLY

Poems for a Football Season
Age Range: 6 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Beginning with the title poem about a game in progress, a cycle that considers football's anxieties and satisfactions with entries on the ball, the coach, a touchdown, ``Ebonee'' (a girl who's a running back), etc., plus longer pieces on an injury and on the mixed feelings engendered by playing against a cousin; the season's-end trophy is celebrated with a feast of ``Curried goat and rabbit stew/fried fish chicken too/kale and mustard and collard greens/homemade ice cream and jelly beans.'' Not unusually compelling but nicely evocative, especially with Gilchrist's colorful art--in which lively action, sweeping across broad spreads, alternates with more intimate close-ups of the participants. (Poetry/Picture book. 6-11)*justify no*

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-670-83623-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1991




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