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Outside the lines : poetry at play / Brad Burg ; [illustrated by] Rebecca Gibbon.

By: Burg, Brad, 1944-.
Contributor(s): Gibbon, Rebecca [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0399234462; 9780399234460.Subject(s): Children's poetry, American | Concrete poetry, American | Visual poetry, AmericanDDC classification: 811/.6 LOC classification: PS3552.U714125 | O98 2002Summary: Young readers can follow the Frisbee or roll along with a soccer ball in a collection of more than twenty poems about outdoor games and sports.
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Young readers can follow the Frisbee or roll along with a soccer ball in a collection of more than twenty poems about outdoor games and sports.

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Gr 1-3-A visually delightful book of concrete poems that celebrate playtime pursuits like swinging, Frisbee, and softball. The words glide, bounce, or are stacked over the page, reinforcing the movements and activities they describe. Full-page watercolors combine with small, decorative illustrations to create a playful impression. The poems range from a repetition of words ("Bubbles") to a story ("Sand Castle") to a collection of sensations ("Fireflies"). Some of them may be hard for kids to read on their own if they're worried about the correct sequence since the selections seem to jump all over the pages. Most of the time it doesn't matter. In "Softball," for example, team members are pictured out on the field, with a small verse next to each of them. Although the first letter of the pitcher's words is set in a noticeably larger font, indicating that readers should start there, they can start anywhere. Others are more visually confusing, but that seems to be the point, as the seemingly haphazard placement of words replicates the high energy of the playground. This collection is similar in approach to Joan Bransfield Graham's Flicker Flash (Houghton, 1999) and J. Patrick Lewis's Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape (Atheneum, 1998). With many collections the oral experience is key; here it's the visual experience.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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