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Least things : poems about small natures
Yolen, Jane.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Homesdale, Penn. : Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 25 cm
Photographs and haiku about small creatures in nature, such as the spider, snail, hummingbird, grasshopper, and crab.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.7 0.5 83549.
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The smallest of nature's wonders are treated with reverence, sensitivity, and gentle humor in this new collection of poems by celebrated writer Jane Yolen. Accompanied by Jason Stemple's extraordinary photographs, these fourteen poems, all in haiku form, eloquently capture common creatures in all their humility, quirkiness, and splendor. Young readers can easily identify the tree frog, snail, grasshopper, hummingbird, spider, and other tiny subjects while delighting in these thoughtful poetic gems filled with simple words and abundant imagination.

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)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jane Yolen and her son, Jason Stemple, team up for their third collaboration in poetry and photos, Least Things: Poems About Small Natures. Tiny creatures such as tree frogs and grasshoppers come to light through the most economical of forms-haiku-as in this ode to the hummingbird: "Do hummingbirds dream/ Of soaring on eagle wings?/ Just for a moment." A few sentences of factual information follow each poem, and a full-bleed spread highlights a crisply realistic photo in this handsomely designed volume. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-Yolen has written 14 haikus in response to Stemple's full-color photographs of small animals and insects. The poems are well crafted and thoughtful. Some interesting facts about each creature are also included. Covering full spreads, the vivid photographs show subjects in sharp focus, while the periphery is blurred, creating the perfect backdrop for the text. The name of each animal is printed across the picture in a large, color-coordinated font. The subject matter, the eye-catching photographs, and the brevity of the selections will appeal to younger children. Older children, especially those who are studying haiku, will enjoy the wordplay and imagery. They will also be interested in the introduction in which the author describes how the book came about. A first purchase with broad appeal.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.