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Houghton Mifflin HO-9780618311026 Flicker Flash

This remarkable collection of concrete poetry gives shape to light in its many forms. From the flicker of birthday candles to a flash of lightning, the powerful beam of a lighthouse to the gentle glow of a bedside lamp, light illuminates our world in wondrous ways.
Join poet Joan Bransfield Graham and artist Nancy Davis in a fantastic exploration of light, and open your eyes to an amazing new way of perceiving poetry.
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Gr 2-5-A vivid fusion of ingenious concrete poetry and boldly colored graphics that celebrate the many shapes and forms of light. From the joyous whoop of sunlight's "...dynamite, ring-/a-ding day" to the flash of the open camera shutter that "will spill/onto my film/to make time/stand still," readers will delight in the many images presented to the eye and to the mind. This companion volume to Graham's water-wonderful Splish Splash (Ticknor & Fields, 1994) will be equally at home in units on science, poetry, and art, and will surely inspire children. This one dazzles.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Graham (Splish Splash) reflects on the meaning and many permutations of light in 23 concrete poems. There's one set in the form of a crescent moon ("New moon/ sliver thin/ nice to see/ the night grin"), another sprinkled across a spread like fireworks. Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison even make cameo appearances. Although few of the verses possess enough descriptive candlepower or aural energy to glow on their own, artist and graphic designer Davis's ingenious typographical treatments, punctuated with witty, icon-style illustrations, make each poem shimmer. Whether sculpting words into a glowing insect ("Firefly") or conjuring an image of dancing flames between two toasting marshmallows ("Campfire"), Davis proves she is capable of visualizing the poetic spirit of language at play. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Gr 2-5-Concrete poems celebrating various forms of light are presented in brightly colored stylized graphic art and text in an eye-catching picture-book format. For example, a flat graphic of a girl's head with an O-shaped mouth (blowing) is paired with fingers pinching a "match" made from these stacked words: "quick/flick/stick/spark/dark/glow/too-low/blow!" Other topics include lightning, the moon, a campfire, and fireworks. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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