The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

By: Paul B. Janeczko

Illustrator: Richard Jones

Be they practical (how to mix a pancake or how to bird-watch) or fanciful (how to scare monsters or how to be a snowflake), the poems in this book boast a flair and joy that you won’t find in any instruction manual. Poets from Kwame Alexander to Pat Mora to Allan Wolf share the way to play hard, to love nature, and to be grateful. Soft, evocative illustrations will encourage readers to look at the world with an eye to its countless possibilities.

Full-color illustrations were rendered in paint and edited digitally.

ISBN: 9780763681685

JLG Release: Jun 2019


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Topics: Poetry , Poems , Anthologies

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The thirty-three poems in this “how-to” collection range from the whimsical, such as Monica Shannon’s “How to Tell Goblins from Elves,” to the very practical, such as Martin Gardner’s “Barbershop”: “Don’t squirm / Like a worm / While he’s cutting your hair.” Written by many of today’s preeminent poets for children, includi The thirty-three poems in this “how-to” collection range from the whimsical, such as Monica Shannon’s “How to Tell Goblins from Elves,” to the very practical, such as Martin Gardner’s “Barbershop”: “Don’t squirm / Like a worm / While he’s cutting your hair.” Written by many of today’s preeminent poets for children, including Nikki Grimes, Margarita Engle, and Douglas Florian, this collection also includes a few older pieces by poets such as Christina Rossetti and Robert Louis Stevenson. Some offer advice that is more funny than useful, as in Karla Kuskin’s hilarious “Rules”: “Do not wear a broom to breakfast. / Do not ask a snake’s advice.” Others are useful, such as “How to Ride a New Bike,” by April Halprin Wayland, which advises, “Feather brakes slow / bike doesn’t throw me.” Each, though, is genuine poetry and not a didactic lesson, written with rhythm, expression, and evocative phrases that often beg to be read aloud. Jones’s digitally edited paintings capture the tone and feeling of each piece while still being unified overall with color choices, soft edges, and keen observations of nature. Though some of the selections are silly, the accompanying pictures are lush, gentle, and tender, filling each large page. A varied and approachable poetry collection that children can enjoy on their own, and that adults can enjoy sharing with them.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763681685

First Release

June 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9 2/3" x 11 1/4"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level NP

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Poetry, Poems, Anthologies,

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