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Falling Down the Page : A Book of List Poems
by Georgia Heard

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TRY THIS AT HOME. Poems to inspire young readers.

From Eileen Spinelli's many goodbyes to summer at the shore, to Avis Harley's catalog of ways to say hello across the globe, to a close look at the birds and animals outside Valiska Gregory's window in winter...Georgia Heard has collected list poems from contemporary poets.  Read more...


 
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Overview

TRY THIS AT HOME. Poems to inspire young readers.

From Eileen Spinelli's many goodbyes to summer at the shore, to Avis Harley's catalog of ways to say hello across the globe, to a close look at the birds and animals outside Valiska Gregory's window in winter...Georgia Heard has collected list poems from contemporary poets. Each list is gathered with a poet's eye - carefully selected details beautifully presented - so that readers see the extraordinary in the ordinary. And so readers are encouraged to be writers. The simplicity of each poem and Georgia Heard's introduction will inspire young poets to write their own.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596432208
  • ISBN-10: 1596432209
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: March 2009
  • Page Count: 47
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


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Books > Literary Criticism > Poetry
Books > Literary Criticism > Children's Literature - General

 
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A turn for the verse

Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems is a thoroughly entertaining and distinctive collection—it's bound to resemble a vertical notepad—based on one of the most accessible of poetic forms. The book's editor, Georgia Heard, notes her inspiration in the introduction: "Out for a walk in New York City I see: yellow cabs speeding down Broadway; people lounging in overstuffed chairs at a coffee shop; cars honking; a dog barking in the distance. As I walk along I make a list in my head of what I observe just like Walt Whitman did over one hundred years ago." Surely, this overture will light a few bulbs in the minds of young writers who will realize that they don't necessarily need to look further than their "To Do" list to create verse. Among the list-makers are superstar authors like Eileen Spinelli and Jane Yolen, but a standout is Avis Harvey's "Booktime," a poem that catalogs all of the places one can go to enjoy a good book.

 
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