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Someone I like : poems about people
Nicholls, Judith.
Publication Information:
New York : Barefoot Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
39 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 35604.
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PS595.F74 S66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In this anthology the poems are about our relationships with the people who are dearest to us - mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and best friends, written by poets from many different countries and backgrounds.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. This collection of 26 poems, each brief and vivid, focuses on relationships familiar to all children. Feelings about parents, granddads, aunts, siblings, friends, and teachers, with their dark and light edges, are all deftly captured in barely a cup of words. James Berry despairs of picking up "the burnt bits" of a friendship in "My Hard Repair Job," and Kit Wright remembers a grandfather's stories and his big, black overcoat in "Grandad." Moira Andrew notes that it isn't easy to hold a baby sister and smile "both at the same time" in "My Little Sister," and Eloise Greenfield defines love perfectly: "Love means Daddy / Saying keep your mama company / till I get back / And me doing it." Giovanni Manna's crisp china-ink-and-watercolor illustrations are full of swells and hollows: slightly exaggerated limbs and doll-like faces on the figures contrast with carefully rendered details--striped socks, a child's backpack, a shower of high-heel shoes. Books are strewn everywhere on these pages, and the multiracial cast of children and adults is garbed in a cheerful assortment of patterns, colors, and denims. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-The 26 poems in this volume feature different poetic styles, dialects, and vocabulary while showing universal ideas about friendship and family. Some of the selections, such as Mary Ann Hoberman's "Brother" and Nikki Giovanni's "two friends" will be familiar to American readers. Others, such as Arthur Waley's translation of the ancient Chinese "Oath of Friendship" or popular British poet Kit Wright's "Grandad" will likely be new. Other contributors include James Berry, Charlotte Zolotow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, and Eloise Greenfield. Manna's delicate watercolor-and-ink illustrations on pastel backgrounds create a comfortable mood for talking with youngsters about the more serious poems on death and feelings. Nicholls prefaces the collection with an introduction about the power of sharing poetry aloud with children. This volume is particularly suited to individual or small group readings where listeners can enhance their understanding through the images in the art. Similar in content to Hoberman's My Song Is Beautiful (1994) and Lee Bennett Hopkins's Through Our Eyes (1992; o.p., both Little, Brown), this title will be a good addition to most collections.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.