A Stick Is An Excellent Thing

A Stick Is An Excellent Thing

Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

Book - 2012
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A collection of illustrated poems for children that celebrates the outdoors, featuring lyrical poetry about playing hide-and-seek, making mud soup, transforming a stick into a magic wand, and more.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780547124933
0547124937
Branch Call Number: J 811 SIN
Characteristics: 31 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Pham, LeUyen - Illustrator

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Oct 04, 2015

Each poem celebrates a different childhood game - hopscotch, hide and seek, double Dutch, etc. the small group of children is delightfully diverse, so any child will read this and fine some one to identify with.

I think what I appreciated most was the way Singer and Pham place thi children in a neighbourhood that is an amalgam of the variety found in the United States. Brownstones abut hugely mounded strawberry patches which mingle with open fields filled with trees and jungly hiding places. I see parts of city mixed with suburban mixed with rural, and it'very well done.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 09, 2012

A small picture book of poetry, Marilyn Singer taps into a kid’s desire to be a kid (as well as an adult’s sense of nostalgia, if I’m going to be honest here) to create a little world of fun. She is aided in her scheme by the multi-talented illustrator LeUyen Pham who not only brings this world to life but peoples it with kind, energetic, recognizable faces. The result is a book the celebrates games, playing, the great outdoors (no matter where you might be), and, in a roundabout manner, friends.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 09, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 09, 2012

In spite of its A Hole Is to Dig type title, the book is more about the worlds kids create when they get together. In eighteen poems we see eighteen different ways to play. From mud soup to collecting fireflies, from swinging to plain old everyday sticks, these poems take a great thrill in showing kids at their best. Which is to say, having fun. Accompanying each poem are illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Where Singer creates the framework, Pham creates the world. Her kids exist in that bubble where adults are on the periphery, present when you need them, invisible when you don’t. Through her art you not only get a sense of the game, you find it near impossible not to want to jump in and join.

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