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Days Like This


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Simon James says, "Over the years I have come across many delightful small poems and have always wanted to give them room and expand on them visually. In DAYS LIKE THIS, I set out to make a genuine picture book of poetry."


K-Gr 3-Pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons reflect the everyday world as expressed in poems by writers such as Eve Merriam, Ogden Nash, Aileen Fisher, Charlotte Zolotow, and the selector himself. The soft art embellishes the short, playful rhymes and free verse about love, adventure, music, and nature. A multicultural cast of characters brings pizzazz to settings like a swimming hole or snowy hill, creating unique visual interpretations of each verse. A lively variety of perspectives and flashes of humor make this book worth many returns. This wholesome collection is fine for the younger set, yet provides a seedling for older budding writers as well.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"Each brief verse has the rhythmic lift and play with sounds and meaning that so engage young children. . . . But James's illustrations are the best feature of this inviting collection."

James (Leon and Bob) here collects and illustrates 19 brief poems that capture the rhythm of diverse days and emphasize the power of a child's imagination. The spontaneous quality of the watercolor and pen-and-inks recalls the work of James Stevenson, and the artwork runs the gamut from spreads bursting with sunshine and endless stretches of sand to full-page cityscapes in effectively claustrophobic compositions of neutral and gray tones. The opening spread opposite a poem called "The Adventurers" (one of three James penned himself), introduces this contrast within the book with a sprawling illustration of three children foraging through a waist-high field, bounded to one side by towering city buildings. Other poets, including Eve Merriam, Charlotte Zolotow and Ogden Nash, cover subjects that span sleeping under the stars, bouncing on a bed and a child's musings on his first day at school ("...I don't think I'll go back," wryly concludes this endearing entry by Rod Hull). Readers will likely turn to the final page with the hope that there will be more days like this. Ages 7-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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