Janeczko, Paul B., Selector

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

(1) K-3 Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Sweet's child-friendly mixed-media illustrations--loosely rendered, collage-like assemblages in seasonal palettes--enhance the thirty-six excellent poems showcased on the book's ample spreads. As brief as three lines or a dozen words, most of the verses are by familiar poets (Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes), including those known for their children's verse (Alice Schertle, Charlotte Zolotow). A fine addition to the seasonal poetry shelf.


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