Who Shrank My Grandmother's House?: Poems of Discovery

Barbara Juster Esbensen, Author, Eric Beddows, Illustrator, Eric Beddows, Photographer HarperCollins Publishers $15 (47p) ISBN 978-0-06-021827-0
Esbensen ( Words With Wrinkled Knees ) intends her ``Poems of Discovery'' to help children understand that ``the most ordinary things can suddenly seem new and unexpected.'' Topics include the rainbows to be found in prisms, the ``long story living / in the shortest pencil,'' and the ``doves'' to be found in sand dollars. Unlike Beddows's artwork in Joyful Noise , his illustrations for these plain-spoken poems are in full color--and are a perfect match for Esbensen's imagery. When the poet envisions night as ``that dark magician'' who races children home, a wizard swirls the running youngsters in his blue cape. In another poem, Beddows pictures a girl scrunched in her grandmother's room, like Alice in the White Rabbit's house, while grownups whisper, ``How you have grown!'' Structured without punctuation--making use of capitals and line breaks to signal what in prose would be the end of sentences--these sophisticated verses glisten with wonder at uncovering the world's mysteries. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/02/1992
Release date: 03/01/1992
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 47 pages - 978-0-06-021828-7
Hardcover - 47 pages - 978-1-55054-211-0
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