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Is this forever, or what? : poems & paintings from Texas / selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Contributor(s): Nye, Naomi Shihab.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2004Edition: 1st ed.Description: 164 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0060511796 (lib. bdg.); 9780060511791 (lib. bdg.); 0060511788 (trade); 9780060511784 (trade).Subject(s): Children's poetry, American -- Texas | Texas -- Juvenile poetry | Texas -- In art -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 811.008/09282/09764 Summary: A collection of poetry and full-color artwork from Texas.
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Includes indexes.

A collection of poetry and full-color artwork from Texas.

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Gr 5 Up-These contemporary poems and paintings (by poets and artists who will be largely unfamiliar to readers) are grouped into sections and "interludes" that revolve around universal themes. In the section titled "Is This Forever, Or What?" the pantoum, "At Sixteen," by well-known poet Edward Hirsch is followed by Travis Ian Smith's "Giant, Red Hibiscus," an instantly recognizable love poem that revolves around a very Texan image: "And I would like to watch you watch the hibiscus/in early morning,/how it changes from some seemingly red, dead-looking thing/into the most beautiful bloom on earth./I'm sorry, I forgot. I meant the second most beautiful thing." The large, square book design is similar to that of Nye's The Space Between Our Footsteps (S & S, 1998) and gives plenty of space to the poems and vibrantly reproduced paintings; it also makes this a book more likely to be picked up by adults than by younger readers. The subtitle may also make readers suspect this collection isn't for them; they'd be wrong. Nye has brought together a circle of friends as expansive as her state, and as particular as a well-honed friendship. This collection is actually less about Texas than it is about place and voice, and how creative individuals who love their home and people can show strangers the beauty and oddity they see each day before them. Place this title in poetry sections for browsing, or wherever you have fans of Nye's work.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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