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Color Me a Rhyme


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Jane Yolen is the author of more than two hundred books for young readers and adults, including Dear Mother, Dear Daughter: Poems for Young People, which she co-authored with her daughter, Heidi E. Stemple. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Jason Stemple, a free-lance photographer, provided the photographs for Horizons, Color Me a Rhyme, Once Upon Ice, Water Music, and Snow, Snow--all poetry books for young people written by his mother, Jane Yolen. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.


Gr 5 Up-Thirteen poems, each a study of a different color found in nature, accompanied by gorgeous photographs, beautifully reproduced and artfully presented. Many of the selections are quite lovely: "A star fell from the sky one night/And landed in the forest, white/Against the green of leaf and vine." A few are less effective. A passage from "Gray," for example, lacks the focus and rhythm found in the more successful poems: "Gray clouds in the skies/Are graceful memories/ And gradual lies." Overall, though, the collection is thoughtful and technically accomplished. Don't let the picture-book format fool you; the entries will probably be most appreciated by middle and high school students. The central image for each poem is crystal clear, often set against a background photo or montage that fades into mist with an elusive quality. There's a playful yet elegant mood in the way the words and pictures merge on many of the pages. This is a visual delight, allowing both author and photographer to share their obvious love for the world's natural beauty.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"[An] imaginatively conceived and elegantly executed collection...a visual feast, and a verbal one, too..."

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