Search Results: "Myra Cohn Livingston"


BOOK REVIEW

I NEVER TOLD AND OTHER POEMS by Myra Cohn Livingston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A good showcase for this versatile poet. (Poetry. 9-12)"
A new assortment of captured moments, observations small and large, sharp opinions, memories, and mood pieces, cast in a variety of forms from the concrete poetry of ``Niagara: Canadian Horseshoe Falls'' to the Japanese formality of ``Moon: Two Views.'' Many of the poems concern travel—``Flying West,'' ``Morning at Malibu,'' ``Rocky Mountains: Colorado''; several are linked by an autumnal air—``Tomato vines wither./ Daisies turn brown...'' and, again, ``August/ daisies turn brown/ and wither, their tangled hair/ mussing up...'' or ``Under the dusty windowsill./ Dust on the spider, dust on her kill''; still others have an antiwar stance, or commemorate some quotidian event. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's not a book for browsersthe poems are most revealing when read togetherbut is a teaching tool, by students, to use with and inspire other students. (index) (Poetry. 10+)"
The process of writing poetry can be looked at as a chicken-or-egg problem: Which comes first, the images or the words? Read full book review >

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CALL DOWN THE MOON by Myra Cohn Livingston
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A lyrical, boisterous, humorous, and tender celebration of music. (indexes) (Anthology/poetry. 10+)"
A collection of poems from Livingston (If You Ever Meet a Whale, 1992, etc.) with a focus on music in all its variety, loosely organized into 12 sections, with titles such as ``Fiddles and Cellos'' and ``Brass and Percussion'' (featuring poems about instruments), ``Time to Practice,'' ``Other Musicians'' (the music of nature), and ``All of Me Sings.'' From William Shakespeare and William Blake to Langston Hughes and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the offerings run the gamut, with room for the melancholy of Paul Verlain's ``Autumn Song'' (``Autumn's long sobbing/Violin throbbing/A tuneless strain'') as well as the bolder, brassier joys of John Ciardi and Valerie Worth. Read full book review >

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B IS FOR BABY by Myra Cohn Livingston
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The babies—in a multiracial array—are portrayed in inventive photographs that convey the children as strong individuals; when photo and poem mesh, the result can be quite winsome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A photograph album of ordinary verses about extraordinary babies by a poet (Festivals, p. 456, etc.) who has written more portentous works, but perhaps not such personal ones. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As Livingston says in her introduction, she invites young people ``to make the image, the thought, even the sound [of an experience] come alive...by arranging words, making a sort of music...to experience the joy of making a poem.'' This detailed, carefully organized volume makes the invitation irresistible. Read full book review >

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CALENDAR by Myra Cohn Livingston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"A short, sweet treat for storytimes, and a nice impetus for families to discuss their own activities through the year. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Livingston's brief, through-the-months poem gets a vibrant treatment in this appealing picture book. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Citations for the artwork (place, date, circumstances) and for the quotes. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
Touching on the high points and incorporating many of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s own words (printed in boldface), Livingston surveys his life and celebrates his achievements in strongly cadenced stanzas that, in their succinct evocation of an important historic figure, recall the BenÇts' A Book of Americans (1933). Read full book review >

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LIGHT AND SHADOW by Myra Cohn Livingston
POETRY
Released: April 15, 1992

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. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

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. Read full book review >

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FESTIVALS by Myra Cohn Livingston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1996

Festivals ($16.95; March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1217-2): In a companion to this pair's Celebrations (1985), colorful streamers beckon readers toward 14 poems commemorating holidays, from the Creek Indian New Year and the Vietnamese festival of clean slates, to the bonfires of the Iranian Now-Ruz. Read full book review >