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Horizons : poems as far as the eye can see
Yolen, Jane.
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Honesdale, Pa.: Wordsong/Boyds Mill Press, 2002.
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32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm
Poems and photographs depict horizons created by mountains, deserts, city skylines, bodies of water, and other natural and man-made areas.
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PS3575.O43 H58 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3575.O43 H58 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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When the sun rises, it lifts the curtain on the horizon, ushering in a brand-new day. And like a new day, each horizon is original. Sun, clouds, sky, water, even skyscrapers shape the distance and offer us new views and the chance to think about what lies beyond. Renowned poet and author Jane Yolen gives us her insights on horizons great and small in fourteen new poems. Inspired by Jason Stemple's stunning photographs of vistas found in deserts, swamps, mountains, and other scenic places, Ms. Yolen, in thoughtful, playful verse, allows us to imagine what happens when earth meets sky.

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-Yolen wrote these spare, free-verse poems to accompany Stemple's photographs. The selections are generally metaphoric descriptions, as in "Sunset Horizons": "When the ball of fire/Touches earth,/The mountains will flame./Nothing but night/Can put it all out,/That perfect fire fighter,/Who comes every time/Without being called." Some evoke the speaker's emotional state, though it's one that young people may have a hard time connecting to, as in "Horizon with Deer": "Let me remember then this curve of earth,/The deer strung along the horizon,/To set my gyroscopic heart/Back to the place where love can start." Though these poems may show a young audience a new way to look at horizons, few will truly impress themselves on readers. Many of the full-color photographs are spectacular and may draw readers in, but all are not equally fantastic. Two of them employ sequential exposures, but only one of them is explained-readers are left to guess at how Stemple got five moons in the other. Adults may find this book useful for examples in a poetry-writing exercise with children, but it is only for large collections with a base of fans for Yolen's work.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.