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Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up by Sally M Walker

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List Price: £13.92


Hardcover: 48 Pages.

Published: 13 February 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 0763675121

EAN: 9780763675127

In a stunning combination of haiku and impressionistic (but accurate) art, this one-of-a-kind book encourages readers to think playfully about our planet and its wondrous processes. Sibert Medal-winning author Sally M. Walker covers Earth's many marvels -- fossilized skeletons of plants and animals, terrific volcanic eruptions, the never-ending hydrologic cycle -- in sometimes straightforward, sometimes metaphoric three-line haikus. Expertly drawn art by William Grill, author-illustrator of Shackleton's Journey, provides a visual reference for each poem. In clear and creative back matter, Walker and Grill further use their skills to provide additional detailed explanations for the science behind each concept. A unique, artistic intersection of poetry and science, Earth Verse is sure to enthrall any and all readers interested in the world around them.


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Limited Appeal

This is one of those books which is beautiful with excellent illustrations and meaningful poetry but is unlikely to be frequently read by a child who owns it.

The book is larger than A4 and has pastel earth tone illustrations throughout. I found the illustrations quite generic and would have liked more detailed illustrations (or even photos) of the wonderful earth features.

Each large page has a haiku on it. As I am sure you can imagine this means a lot of picture & not a lot of text. Although the haikus are all very well it will take around 10 minutes to complete this book if reading from cover to cover - and that is taking it slowly. I found some of the vocabularly quite stretching for a primary school child - which is good in one way but not ideal if they are reading alone.

I think this is a book best suited to use in schools. I can see that it would be useful in a poetry lesson or when working to extend a child's vocabularly. 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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