In the Land of Words : New and Selected Poems
by Greenfield, Eloise; Gilchrist, Jan Spivey (ILT)

A collection of twenty-one inspirational poems features illustrations made of sewn-fabric collages.

PreS. Anyone who has heard Greenfield perform her poetry will recognize the read-aloud appeal in this collection of 21 poems. From old favorites such as "Nathaniel's Rap" ("Gotta talk that talk / Till you go for a walk") to new poems such as "Story" ("I step into the story / I leave my world behind"), the very simple rhymes show and tell the joy of words, their meaning, and also their glorious-sounding nonsense ("dibbily-doobily-doo"). Gilchrist, who has illustrated several books by Greenfield, here uses sewn fabric collage for the first time, and it works beautifully, with elemental shapes, colors, and movement that capture the rhythm and still leave lots of space for the words to do their magic. A great read-aloud for toddlers as well as older preschoolers. ((Reviewed March 1, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

"In the land / of words, / I stand as still / as a tree / and let the words / rain down on me." With characteristic brightness and simplicity, Greenfield celebrates talking, singing, writing, and reading in 21 poems, all but nine either new or previously uncollected. She divides the selections into two parts: The Poet/The Poem and The Land, choosing obliquely connected subjects for each. Switching from her customary paint to stitched fabric collage, Gilchrist captures that sunny tone, scattering stars, flowers, small everyday objects, and dark-skinned, smiling faces across the wide, uncolored margins. The poet introduces several selections with commentary on their genesis and personal meanings, further enriching this joy-filled, right-on tribute to wordsmithing in all its forms. (author's note) (Poetry. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2003 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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