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Low song
Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992.
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Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2001.
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32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Rhyming text celebrates various aspects of the world, from falling leaves and falling snow to hushaby tunes and little new moons.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 48103.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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I like things that come nice and low Falling leaves and falling snow... Hushaby tunes And little new moons A tribute to the nature around us as well as a lullaby, Eve Merriam and Pam Paparone's Low Song evokes that special world of wonder and imagination only children can know.

Author Notes

Eve Merriam (July 19, 1916 - April 11, 1992) was an American poet and writer. Her first book was entitled, Family Circle. She was born as Eva Moskovitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating with an A.B. from the Cornell University in 1937, Merriam moved to New York to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University. Her book, The Inner City Mother Goose, was described as one of the most banned books of the time. It inspired a 1971 Broadway musical called Inner City and a 1982 musical production called Street Dreams. Merriam won an Obie Award from the Village Voice in 1976 for her play, The Club. In 1981 she won the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.

Merriam died on April 11, 1992, in Manhattan, NY from liver cancer.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Adults sometimes forget that not everyone sees things from their vantage point. This appealing book recognizes that fact and pays tribute to "things that come nice and low." The delightful poetry extols falling leaves and falling snow, puddles to jump, sand to dump, slide-on floors, and cellar doors. As the book moves to the wonders of the natural world, there are pebbles and shells and "all flowery smells." The rhyme scheme is simple, but the text never becomes boring. The art, executed in acrylic paint, has a childlike feel, with rounded shapes and bright colors; it fits the text, though it doesn't elevate it. A nice read-aloud for both lapsitters and groups. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pitch-perfect illustrations by Paparone (Fire Fighters) contemporize this 1962 rhyme by Merriam (1916-1992), author of Blackberry Ink and The Inner City Mother Goose. The poem celebrates objects that appear at a child's-eye level: "I like things that come nice and low/ Falling leaves and falling snow." Some familiar things, like "Pebbles/ Shells/ All flowery smells" can be found in most any neighborhood, while the more fanciful lists offer tongue-twisting fun ("Heels/ Wheels/ Flippery seals and slippery eels/ Ladybugs/ Plugs/ Snuggly puppy hugs"). Only "the morning sound of the milkman's feet" seems anachronistic. Paparone's cheerful acrylic paintings strike a balance between midcentury American picture books and present-day productions. Her ruddy-cheeked children, tidy townhouses and country scenes call to mind Leonard Weisgard's illustrations, and the artist updates this vision with an ice cream palette of strawberry pink, custard yellow and blueberry purple. Devotees of Margaret Wise Brown will find much to admire in this homey volume, with its rhythmic, repetitive verses and golden-age visual allusions. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Paparone gives a contemporary look to Merriam's collection of verses originally published in 1962. Acrylic paintings feature a multicultural cast of cheerful, round-faced children; perky, idealized animals; and stylized settings. A mix of double-page, single-page, and vignette illustrations complements the variable rhythm of the text. However, the verses celebrate a bewildering array of subjects. "Low" activities range from jumping, sliding, and somersaulting to smelling flowers and wading in water, to name just a few. "Low" things include "Dachshunds' backs/Sidewalk cracks" and the "morning sound of the milkman's feet" as well as sleeping giraffes, falling leaves, and other items and experiences of the natural world. While some of the images presented will appeal to the intended audience (puppies, bunnies, and butterflies), others may baffle them (are there places where the milkman still makes his rounds?) or leave them cold ("A cow's tongue licking over/Pink and purple clover" just isn't that interesting visually). The effort to illustrate every aspect of the wide-ranging poem unfortunately gives the book a disjointed look that works against the appeal of the bouncing, affectionate text. Still, fans of Merriam's work will enjoy this title.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.