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Firefly July

Poet and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko pairs with illustrator Melissa Sweet for a collection of short poems that celebrate the simple things of life, season by season. When I was ten, one summer night, / The baby stars that leapt / Among the trees like dimes of light, / I cupped, and capped, and kept. It only takes a few words, if they're the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cosy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection remind readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow, whether they're about the moon, night in the city, a waterlily or a wheel barrow. Selected by acclaimed poet Paul B. Janeczko and gorgeously illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems invites children to sample poems throughout the four seasons. This is a new collection of poems by the editor of A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head and A Foot in the Mouth. It includes poems by William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Charlotte Zolotow and Robert Frost. It offers an approachable introduction to poetry. This book is jacketed.
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Paul B. Janeczko is the anthologist of almost fifty collections, including the award-winning A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head, and A Foot in the Mouth, all illustrated by Chris Raschka. Paul B. Janeczko lives in Hebron, Maine, USA. Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly one hundred books for children, including A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book. She is also the creator of Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, a 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner. Melissa Sweet lives in Rockport, Maine, USA.


A beautifully illustrated collection ... a lovely book to discover the power of language with children - it makes poetry accessible The Bookseller A wonderful anthology by over thirty American poets, Firefly July takes us on a magical journey through the four seasons. The perfect marriage of rich minimal text and glorious illustration, each page sings, forming unique, colourful snapshots of the world. This is an essential for every primary school classroom/library. Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read

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