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Title:
Around the world in eighty poems
Author:
Berry, James.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2002.

©2001
Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations, map ; 28 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2001 by Macmillan Children's Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd."--T. p. verso.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780811835060
Format :
Book

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Summary

This diverse poetry collection takes readers on an imaginary journey from Greenland to Great Britain by way of Nicaragua, Kenya, Hungary and many other lands. Some poems are lighthearted, some are serious, and together they evoke a world that's both exotic and familiar. An Australian tree-lizard sings for rain, a Chilean mother rocks her baby to sleep, a boy monk dozes in a Korean temple, and Jamaican children clamor for after-school treats. With poems from more than 50 different countries and exquisite illustrations, Around the World in Eighty Poems invites children to share in the richness of cultures around the globe.


Author Notes

James Berry was born in coastal Jamaica on September 28, 1924. He worked for four years as a contract laborer on farms and in factories in the United States before moving to the United Kingdom. He joined the Post Office and spent 20 years as a telecommunications operator.

His first collection of poetry, Fractured Circles, was published in 1979. His other collections of poetry included Lucy's Letters and Loving, Chain of Days, Hot Cold Earth, Windrush Songs, and A Story I Am In. He won several awards including the National Poetry prize for Fantasy of an African Boy in 1981, the Smarties prize for A Thief in the Village and Other Stories in 1987, the Signal poetry award in 1989, and the Coretta Scott King book award in 1989. He was appointed OBE in 1990. He died on June 20, 2017 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. This large-format book presents 80 poems, including many in translation, from 51 countries and the Arctic Circle. Selected by Berry, who was born in Jamaica and now lives in Great Britain, the poems vary in sophistication as well as in their origins, subjects, and styles. American children may need some explanation of the Irish political references in John Montague's poem "What a View," but most of the selections are quite accessible. Their appeal is based on universals, such as the gentle humor in the "The Prayer of the Little Ducks," by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold of France, and the emotional resonance of a child longing for the mother's return in "Footpath," by Kenyan poet Stella Ngatho. Lucas' gentle, rather lyrical acrylic paintings maintain a single style but seem to adapt well to the different moods, locales, and peoples in the verse. Not an essential purchase but a colorful, attractive addition to poetry collections. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Beginning in the Arctic Circle, traveling all the way to England and making pitstops in places like Nicaragua, Mozambique and the Czech Republic, readers make a poetic pilgrimage in (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr. 1-5-A rich collection, both lighthearted and serious, from over 50 different countries. Many are narrative poems that open up new vistas through imagery and language. Attractively designed, delicate folklike sketches in acrylic paints accompany each selection, capturing its essence, be it humor, pathos, memory, or tradition. A brief preface will help readers appreciate the range of poetry represented, with each selection intended to introduce a new experience and a different culture. A simple, colorful map locates the places where the selections originate. Although aspects of some of the poems may be specific to the countries or cultures from which they come, there is a universality to the collection, emphasizing the commonality of our world.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

James BerryJim Wong-Chu, Chinese-CanadianRaymond SousterHarold Littlebird and Laguna Pueblos and Santo Domingo PueblosLance Henson, CheyenneRita DoveFrank O'HaraNikki GiovanniLangston HughesValerie BloomJames BerryRobert LeeMarc MatthewsJohn AgardGrace NicholsDobru RavalesRuben DarioGabriela MistralLuis L. DominguezAmado NervoAlbert WendtRoland RobinsonJudith WrightMichael MondoPrem ChayaYuan MeiKe YanHan Yong-unChihun ChoKinoshita YujiSenke MotomaroMarina TsvetaevaAndrei VoznesenskyEdith SodergranRabindranath TagoreDebjani ChatterjeeNissim EzekielNader NaderpurKaissar AfifBizhan JalaliYehuda AmichaiMwana Kupona MshamStella NgathoAbena P. A. BusiaBai T. MooreAnnette Mbaye d'ErnevilleFederico Garcia LorcaJacques PrevertCarmen Bernos de GasztoldLuigi GrossiYannis RitsosSennur SezerMarin SorescuFerenc JuhaszMiroslav HolubBertolt BrechtChristian MorgensternKirsi KunnasSiv WiderbergSigbjorn ObstfelderJames HoggJackie KayMatthew SweeneyJohn MontagueGillian ClarkeMichael RosenBrian PattenJenny JosephCharles Causley
Prefacep. 7
Map of the Worldp. 10
Arctic Circle
Glorious It Isp. 12
Ayii, Ayii, Ayiip. 14
Spell for Catching a Bearded Sealp. 14
Canada
Icep. 15
The Six-Quart Basketp. 16
USA
Could I Say I Touched Youp. 16
Sundown at Darlington 1878p. 17
Fifth Grade Autobiographyp. 18
Autobiographia Literariap. 19
Tripsp. 20
I, Too, Sing Americap. 21
Jamaica
Pinda Cakep. 22
Jamaican Songp. 24
St. Lucia
Mangop. 25
Guyana
Realarrop. 26
Snow-conep. 27
Sea Timeless Songp. 28
Suriname
One Treep. 29
Nicaragua
Sonatinap. 30
Chile
Rockingp. 31
Argentina
The Ombup. 32
Mexico
Solidarityp. 33
New Zealand
Flying Foxp. 34
Australia
Jarrangullip. 35
Night Heronsp. 36
Ringneck Parrotsp. 38
Papua New Guinea
Sun and Shadep. 39
Thailand
On My Short-Sightednessp. 40
China
By Chance I Walk ...p. 41
Isn't It ...p. 41
Korea
The Ferryboat and the Travelerp. 42
An Old Templep. 43
Japan
Voice and Wingsp. 43
Secretp. 44
Russia
A Kiss on the Headp. 45
Bicyclesp. 46
Finland
The Starsp. 47
India
Love and Musicp. 47
Paper Boatsp. 48
Holding Onp. 49
Pakistan
Touchingp. 50
Iran
Morning Songp. 51
Lebanon
The Bridgep. 52
With Their Fingersp. 52
Israel
When I was a Childp. 53
Egypt
Poem to the Sunp. 54
East Africa
from Poem to Her Daughterp. 55
Kenya
Footpathp. 56
Mozambique
The Wheel Around the Worldp. 58
South Africa
Lucky Lion!p. 59
The New Lawp. 59
Nigeria
Pythonp. 60
Ghana
Mawu of the Watersp. 61
Liberia
An Elder's Prayerp. 61
Senegal
My Housep. 62
Spain
Seashellp. 63
France
The Duncep. 64
The Prayer of the Little Ducksp. 65
Italy
The Town Factoryp. 66
Greece
Peacep. 68
Turkey
Morning Songp. 69
Romania
Playing Icarusp. 70
Poland
Lizziep. 71
Hungary
Comet Watchersp. 72
Czech Republic
The Doorp. 74
Germany
Traveling in a Comfortable Carp. 76
The Scarecrowp. 77
Estonia
Chant for a Child Who Is Hurtp. 78
Finland
The Pan and the Potatoesp. 78
Sweden
Nightmarep. 80
Norway
Rainp. 81
Scotland
A Boy's Songp. 82
Two Carla Johnsonsp. 84
Ireland
All the Dogsp. 85
What a Viewp. 86
Wales
In the Barnp. 88
England
Busy Dayp. 90
Dear Mump. 92
Going Out with Mump. 93
I Am the Songp. 94
Indexp. 95
Acknowledgmentsp. 96

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