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Come to my party and other shape poems
Roemer, Heidi.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [2004]

Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Poems that celebrate favorite things from different seasons of the year, each shaped like the subject at hand.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 105557.
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PS3618.O37 C57 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An invigorating celebration of the seasons and poems that take shape

The twist of spring rain. The arc of summer waves. The roundness of fall pumpkins. The curve of winter snow-covered hills. These are just a few of the many shapes found among the four seasons.
So come celebrate the year in this spirited rhyming collection of concrete poems-poems shaped by their subjects that wind, bump, and wiggle across each page. From spring through winter and back again, here's an exuberant excursion that takes delight in the special details of a child's world.
Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Author Notes

HEIDI B. ROEMER has long been intrigued by shape poems. Her poetry has been published in anthologies, educational journals, and numerous children's magazines. Ms. Roemer conducts poetry workshops for adults and children. She lives in Orland Park, Illinois, with her husband and two sons.
HIDEKO TAKAHASHI is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including In My New Yellow Shirt and Good Night, God Bless , which Booklist praised for its "strong, simple shapes." A native of Japan, Ms. Takahashi now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 3. Simple, bright paintings match the tone in the playful, upbeat concrete poems that make up this debut collection. Organized into four seasonal sections, the poems celebrate universal experiences straight from a child's world (staying dry under an umbrella in a rainstorm or flying a kite) as well as experiences specific to each time of year: in winter, for example, there are both Hanukkah and Christmas selections. There is a range of sophistication. Some poems seem geared toward the preschool set with nursery rhyme nonsense: "By the splishy, splashy ocean, where we wiggly giggly play." Other selections use abstract metaphors that elementary-school children may better appreciate: "Winter's icy fingers grip the gutter's numb unsmiling lip." Throughout, Roemer maintains an ear for delicious sounds and rolling rhythms that beg to be read, or sung, aloud, and children will delight in the poems' clever, whimsical shapes, which are reinforced by Takahashi's cheery, elemental artwork. Suggest Brad Berg's Outside the Lines 0 (2001) for another winning collection of concrete poetry. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Poetry in Motion A pair of picture books pays rhyming tribute to shapes and patriotism. Readers can enjoy concrete poems organized by season in Come to My Party: And Other Shape Poems by Heidi Roemer, illus. by Hideko Takahashi. For the springtime poem "In the Nest," each line of text forms the hungry "V" of a baby bird's beak, and in the summery "Watermelon" the first verse forms a red semicircle (with the repeated black letter "i" for seeds), wrapped within the green "rind" of the second verse. Doughy children and animals populate the cheerful full-bleed acrylic illustrations. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A poetic celebration of seasonal fun. Most of the selections are no more than one or two lines, while the longest verses are four lines. All of them are simple, with rhyming that's both easy to anticipate and to remember. The many instances of repetition ("hoe, hoe, hoe" with "row, row, row") and lots of sound words ("rumple, diddle, dumpling," "splashy, splashy," "hippety, clippety clap") make these poems enjoyable to hear and say. To add to the fun, words and lines are used to form clever and sometimes unexpected shapes and images, such as birds' beaks, a kite's string, or the ocean's waves. The poems feature kids playing in the sand, sledding in the snow, or chasing autumn leaves. The palette is filled with bright, jazzy colors both in the illustrations and in the fonts used with shaped words. Like Brad Burg's Outside the Lines: Poetry at Play (Putnam, 2002) and Paul B. Janeczko's A Poke in the I (Candlewick, 2001), this collection will enchant young audiences and help them look at their worlds in a new light.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.