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Steady Hands: Poems About Work

Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Author, Megan Halsey, Illustrator, Sean Addy, Illustrator
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Author, Megan Halsey, Illustrator, Sean Addy, Illustrator ., illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy Clarion $16 (48p) ISBN 978-0-618-90351-1
Reviewed on: 01/05/2009
Release date: 02/01/2009
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Inventive, complicated collages and well-crafted poems focus on the activities of working people in this eye-catching book. With an observant eye, Zimmer (Sketches from a Spy Tree ) captures different individuals performing work with “steady hands.” She details the “flap/ roll/ flap” of the baker kneading dough or the way a clerk performs “a ballet/ of hands” as she sorts, scans and bags groceries. Sometimes she gives the worker a backstory or views him after hours—a former lawyer prefers “the predictable company of dogs” and becomes a dog walker, while the exterminator doesn’t mind the guys at the bowling alley “calling him Roach.” Halsey and Addy’s (Amelia to Zora ) hip collages combine individual cut-outs of people along with drawings, photos, textured backgrounds and designs. The aspiring filmmaker pops out of a box of movie popcorn while the tow-truck driver “fishes in the city,” literally reeling in cars. The sophisticated look should generate plenty of interest from the target audience. Ages 9–12. (Feb.)

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