cover image Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons

Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Mercè López. Millbrook, $19.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5124-9809-7

Organized in four sections beginning with spring, Salas’s lovely haiku are written in the voices of animals and organic or inanimate objects related to the seasons. “Fire in our bellies,/ we FLICKER-FLASH in twilight—/ rich meadow of stars,” speak the summer’s fireflies. Each haiku contains a riddle element—readers must guess the narrator (in an author’s note, Salas refers to the form as a “riddle-ku”). It’s not always clear who, or what, is speaking, but López’s evocative acrylics visually communicate the imagery within the poems. “I’m a WRIGGLING tube,/ soft underground tunneler—/ I fear early birds,” one announces. The small bird hovering over a hole clues readers in to the speaker’s identity: a worm. The book’s meditative tone and resonant images invite readers to embrace new ways of seeing the world around them. Ages 5–9. (Apr.)