Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up

By: Sally M. Walker

Illustrator: William Grill

With a 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. Further information about subjects covered in the book. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations were done in colored pencil.

ISBN: 9780763675127

JLG Release: Apr 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Earth (planet) , Earth science , Poetry , Haiku

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Poetry meets science in haiku on Earth’s geological makeup and seismic activity. Topics include fossils, earthquakes, glaciers, groundwater, minerals, volcanoes, and more. (“Molten magma stew/bubbles out of its hot pot,/chills into hard rock.”) The compact poems are accompanied by Grill’s broad impressionistic landscapes don Poetry meets science in haiku on Earth’s geological makeup and seismic activity. Topics include fossils, earthquakes, glaciers, groundwater, minerals, volcanoes, and more. (“Molten magma stew/bubbles out of its hot pot,/chills into hard rock.”) The compact poems are accompanied by Grill’s broad impressionistic landscapes done in colored pencil and a soft palette of blues, reds, grays, and yellows. Some are full-spread scenes with small indistinct human or animals and other times, spot art accompanies the poems. This is an understated collection that may not initially garner much attention; however, there are numerous uses for this book in classrooms and programs, inviting observation, discussion, and even creative expression from students. Some of the references will be vague or confusing to children, but others are more apparent. Short closing essays define and describe some of the subjects and work as brief introductions. The book concludes with a nicely varied list of children’s titles for further reading. VERDICT A quiet but valuable addition to STEM-related poetry collections, hand to teachers and curious students.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Horn Book

Nonfiction writer Walker (winner of the 2006 Sibert Award for Secrets of a Civil War Submarine) and illustrator Grill (winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for Shackleton’s Journey) team up for a picture-book collection of haiku about Earth’s geological and meteorological features. It begins with the planet itself: R Nonfiction writer Walker (winner of the 2006 Sibert Award for Secrets of a Civil War Submarine) and illustrator Grill (winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for Shackleton’s Journey) team up for a picture-book collection of haiku about Earth’s geological and meteorological features. It begins with the planet itself: “Third one from the sun, / Earth’s blue and white majesty / dwarfs her lunar child.” Grill shows the small, soft outline of the moon about the size of a quarter with an enormous section of Earth taking up most of the double-page spread in swirling blues and whites. At the bottom corner of each illustration in the book, one of nine symbols appears—Earth, minerals, rocks, fossils, earthquakes, volcanoes, atmospheric and surface water, glaciers, and groundwater; an appended section tells more about what they mean. Walker’s haiku combine correct terminology and information with a wry, child-friendly sensibility (e.g., a volcano is a “hotheaded mountain” throwing an “igneous tantrum”). Grill’s colored-pencil pictures are informal and sketch-like in some places and more painterly in others, with soft edges and swirls of motion. They give a sense of the places and action rather than a photographic view, and stick closely to a palette of blues, orange-reds, and charcoal grays. The combination of Walker’s tiny jewels of poetry and Grill’s oversize pictures will draw children into contemplating the natural wonders of the world. susan dove lempke

Book Details

ISBN

9780763675127

First Release

April 2018

Genre

Poetry/Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 9"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Earth (planet), Earth science, Poetry, Haiku,

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