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This Is a Poem That Heals Fish
by Jean-pierre Simeon and Olivier Tallec


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"Exuding magic and unbridled creativity on every page, this is a book with the potential to heal more than just fish."-- Publishers Weekly

"An enchantingly abstract invitation to ponder poetry."-- Kirkus Reviews

"A great book for any age At this very moment, it feels like one of the best books I've ever bought "--A Year of Reading blog

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Overview

"Exuding magic and unbridled creativity on every page, this is a book with the potential to heal more than just fish."--Publishers Weekly

"An enchantingly abstract invitation to ponder poetry."--Kirkus Reviews

"A great book for any age At this very moment, it feels like one of the best books I've ever bought "--A Year of Reading blog


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781592700677
  • ISBN-10: 1592700675
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publish Date: March 2007
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.42 x 0.43 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.11 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Poetry - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 59.
  • Review Date: 2007-05-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

French poet Siméon doesn't explain what poetry is: he portrays a poem in the making. Arthur's fish, Leon, languishes in his bowl. “Hurry,” his mother says, sailing off to her tuba lesson, “give him a poem!” But Arthur doesn't know what a poem is, so he asks a charming collection of eccentric neighbors, each painted by Tallec in delicate pencil lines and wet strokes of vibrant color. “A poem, Arthur, is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth,” says Lolo, the bicycle repairman. Mahmoud, who “comes from the desert,” says, “A poem is when you hear the heartbeat of a stone.” “A poem,” says Arthur's grandmother, “turns words around, upside down, and—suddenly!—the world is new.” Tallec paints what Arthur sees as he listens: Lolo flying through the clouds with his girlfriend, Mahmoud kneeling close to a rock under the desert sun, a giant whale swimming upside-down through an inverted city street. When Arthur returns to Leon and strings together the answers he's received—“A poem is when you have the sky in your mouth”—they make, children will perceive, a perfectly beautiful poem. Exuding magic and unbridled creativity on every page, this is a book with the potential to heal more than just fish. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

 
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