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When Green Becomes Tomatoes, Poems for All Seasons

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes

Poems for All Seasons
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Neal Porter Book, 2016

Written in e.e.cummings-style, with no capitals and periods, poems sprinkle randomly on the days of each month.  Some poems short, some a little longer, they each explore a seasonal moment common to most everyone’s experience, but said in fresh new ways.

march 26
shivering and huddled close
the forever rushing daffodils
wished they had waited

november 20
there is nothing left to bloom
or sprout
or bud
or grow
these showers will not bring you flowers at all
these showers are practice for snow

The book’s last poem is the same as the first poem told in spring, but told from the perspective of winter it takes on a new meaning. A clear, poetic, feeling experience of each season.  Delightful. Peaceful.  Adults will enjoy as much as children.

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Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

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Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Chronicle Books,  2015

This poetically written story dances across the page to provide a glimpse into the early life of Anna Pavlova.  A young Russian girl born into a poor family, Anna is taken to a ballet performance. From that night on, she wanted to be a ballerina; she could not stop her body from moving.  She was not made to be a ballerina, her body was thin and frail, with a weak back and severely arched feet.  As a child, she danced continually, she could not stop.  Dancing became her only dream.  Eventually she was accepted into the Imperial Ballet School.   She was a natural ballerina.  When she steps onto the stage in her performance of The Dying Swan, it’s like she sprouts white wings and becomes a swan in a breath-taking performance.  The book contains an author’s note that includes additional biographical information.  The story and notes are a joy to read; inspiring for any young dancer.

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