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Leaf by leaf : autumn poems
Rogasky, Barbara.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
38 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 0.5 84613.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 2 Quiz: 25537.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Clearfield Library PS595.A89 A9 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library PS595.A89 A9 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library PS595.A89 A9 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PS595.A89 A9 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Offers verses by twenty-five poets that highlight the special characteristics of autumn, from the first signs of fall in September to the arrival of wintry weather.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. The very large, unbordered photographs are beautiful. In autumn shades from glowing red to sepia, they often show wide sweeping landscapes with a focus on a three-dimensional figure--a big black crow, an angelic little girl, a man's figure blurry in the fall light. The poetry is almost like an afterthought, mainly short excerpts from the timeless works of classic poets (Gerard Manley Hopkins, Shelley, Yeats, etc.) and a few contemporaries, such as Mary Oliver. The excerpts from each poem are superimposed on the pictures, and the words are almost lost in the visual splendor. Use the pictures for library and classroom display for the season. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Perhaps more suitable for the coffee table than as a poetry book for children, this visually impressive collection has a striking cover with glittering, bronze letters, and contains dazzling photographs. Whether newcomer Tauss uses black and white, sepia or color film, the results are spectacular. Sunlight transforms the spattered rain and dirt on a window into gold dust swept away by "The Window Washer" (by Charles Simic). A multicolored prism of light envelops a young man lifting a golden ball to the sky (Gerard Manley Hopkins's "The Alchemist in the City"). The poems, on the other hand, seem to pale in comparison, not because of the skill of the excellent poets included, but because 17 of the 25 verses are snippets taken from longer poems. For instance, while the fragmented stanza from Shelley's "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" is metaphorically interesting, when taken out of context, it is less potent. As if secondary to the visual images, the poem fragments are superimposed directly on top of the photographs, often making the text difficult to read. The book's melancholy tone, its linguistically challenging syntax and its exploration of old age and endings, will likely be of more interest to adults than to children. Ages 7-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-Poems and excerpts of poems, many not originally intended for young readers, are introduced in this rich, eclectic collection. As in her Winter Poems (Scholastic, 1994), Rogasky encourages readers to look at the familiar through the lens of poetic vision. Her selections range in style from free verse to iambic pentameter to prose poems with internal rhyme. Poets such as William Butler Yeats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robinson Jeffers, Walt Whitman, and Amy Lowell are showcased. The book begins with Helen Hunt Jackson's "September," and progresses through the season, closing with Shirley Hughes's "Wild Weather," which anticipates the first snow. Tauss's ethereal color and black-and-white photographs capture the imagery of the verse and extend past the boundaries of the page. The sepia-hued photographs, some of which were created with handmade cameras, provide a glimpse of the world through a fish-eye lens, and present images of poetic introspection. Rogasky and Tauss have harvested the magic of the season and offer readers a bountiful feast.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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