Talking Like the Rain: A Read-To-Me Book of Poems

X. J. Kennedy, Author, Jane Dyer, Author, Dorothy M. Kennedy, Editor
X. J. Kennedy, Author, Jane Dyer, Author, Dorothy M. Kennedy, Editor Little, Brown Books for Young Readers $21.95 (96p) ISBN 978-0-316-48889-1
Reviewed on: 03/30/1992
Release date: 04/01/1992
Paperback - 96 pages - 978-0-316-38491-9
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In both content and design this is an unusually striking anthology. The title, from Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa (``Speak again. Speak like rain''), provides a selection basis for the more than 120 poems, handily grouped in such sections as ``Wind and Weather'' and ``Just for Fun.'' Many of the verses are well-known in the canon of children's literature--Hilaire Belloc's ``The Early Morning''; Edward Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussy-Cat''--but there are intriguing additions. Wallace Stevens's ``John Smith and His Son, John Smith,'' for example, delights with its vigorous rhythm ``Voila la vie, la vie, la vie, / And-a-rummy-tummy-tum / And-a-rummy-tummy-tum.''Dyer's vibrantly colored, splendidly detailed illustrations, some of this gifted artist's finest work, pick up elements from well-known art associated with children's poetry, a device that imparts a soothing quality to these captivating pages. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
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