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Give yourself to the rain : poems for the very young
Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Culled from Brown's notebooks of unpublished works left after her death, these poems reflect the unique thoughtfulness of children.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 105075.
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PS3503.R82184 G58 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3503.R82184 G58 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3503.R82184 G58 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Margaret Wise Brown once observed, "To write well for children, one must love the things that children love." And write well for children she did -- with a deep love for and a keen perception of all things great and small in the world around us.Collected here for the first time are twenty-four of Margaret Wise Brown's children's poems, which range in subject from jig-dancing pigs and the wild sound of the wind to the colors of a summer day and the joy of giving oneself to the rain.With a foreword by noted children's literature scholar and Brown biographer Leonard S. Marcus, and illustrated with vibrant and sensitive paintings by Teri L. Weidner,Give Yourself to the Rainis a precious gift to be shared among children and adults everywhere.

Author Notes

Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia.

In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny.

Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. Twenty-four short poems by Margaret Wise Brown are published for the first time in this slender volume and illustrated with watercolor, pastel, and colored pencil artwork. Leonard Marcus contributes a one-page foreword, commenting authoritatively on Brown as a writer of picture books and poetry. The collection is a little uneven, but many of the poems, including the 14-line "In the Woods" ("The silence of logs, the coldness of stones / Deep in the deep green wood alone"), create evocative sounds and memorable images. "Little Lost Kitten" ("Little lost kitten / Lost in the rain / I look for you / Over and over again.") has the timeless quality of a nursery rhyme. Each poem is superimposed on a white-bordered, full-or double-page illustration. With rounded forms, soft shading, and warm colors, the artwork creates pleasant settings for the poetry. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Although many of the previously unpublished poems in this posthumous collection demonstrate the lyricism of Brown's best work, others seem clunky, as if the poems needed further polishing to find the quiet rhythms and grace of language hidden inside. Marcus, Brown's biographer, provides an eloquent foreword and relates how Brown scribbled poems on the backs of envelopes, but was a "consummate craftsperson [who] might fiddle with a single line for years." Some verses in this padded volume could have used a bit more fiddling. On the other hand, Brown consistently conveys universal childhood experiences in clear language without complexity. She describes a first snowstorm as "White/ And quiet in the night," and dandelions as "Bright yellow/ Constellations/ Brave little lions/ Suns in the grass." The poems vary from the impish surprise of "Pussycat and the Pumpkin" to the wistful longing in "The Sound of the Wind Is a Wild Sound" to the raucous singsong sounds of "Pig Jig." Even with some static watercolor and pencil illustrations, Weidner (Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny) for the most part utilizes subtle textures and sensitively reflects the tone of the poems. While the painting for "In the Sugar Egg" does not quite match details in the poem, for instance, the illustration accompanying "Colors" interweaves selective images from the text to make a seek-and-find landscape of flowers and insects. A somewhat disappointing but nonetheless welcome collection for fans of Brown's Goodnight Moon. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Beautiful paintings enhance this collection by one of America's best-known picture-book authors. Many of the poems are lovely, with a memorable and graceful simplicity. "Remember and never forget/Remember this/Your first snowstorm/White/ And quiet in the night/And/Your first swim/ The water was wet/And soft around you/ And/The first hot day/When water came out of your skin/And rolled down you/You were so hot." Not all the selections are successful, though. Some read more like fragments or drafts, interesting yet not quite pulled together. Lines like, "Where the shining beetle traffics pass/Near the roots of the long green grass" don't quite have the rhythm or economy of Brown's best works. Weidner's watercolors are touched with pastel and seem to have an inner glow. Her landscapes and animals are more lifelike than some of her people, but she is a gifted illustrator whose sweet and lyrical work matches the best poems here. Considering the pictures, the author's reputation, and the quality of much of the writing, this book should find a home in most good-sized collections.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.