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National Poetry Month: Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind

April 20, 2013

Bartholomew Biddle

Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, by Gary Ross, is an epic poem about a young boy who uses his imagination to make his ordinary life extraordinary.  While looking out his window one day, Bartholomew notices a strong wind blowing through town,

So Bartholomew grabbed
either end of his sheet.
He steadied his grip
and looked down toward the street.

He stood on the sill,
put his arms to his sides,
and that’s how Bartholomew
took quite a ride.

Bartholomew’s wonderful imagination takes him to an island filled with pirates, then a prep school where he meets a fellow adventurer, and finally to a canyon with no wind.  Because of the lack of wind, the canyon is filled with many other people, including Amelia Earhart, who have given up on flying so it seems that Bartholomew may be stuck there forever.  But, you should never give up on a little boy with a big imagination!

Young readers, especially boys, will love Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind.  The charming story and the rhythm of the words will captivate readers young and old.  The beautiful illustrations by Matthew Myers do much to enhance this wonderful story.  Aimed at 6 to 9 year olds, this story is sure to be treasured for years.

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National Poetry MonthBe sure to stop by Savvy Verse and Wit every day this month to see more profiles of poets and poetry by participants from around the blogisphere!




Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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22 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2013 7:24 am

    This sounds unique – you usually don’t see rhyming poems telling a story. Great choice!

  2. April 20, 2013 9:06 am

    This sounds like great fun; thanks for featuring it on the National Poetry Month blog tour!

  3. April 20, 2013 9:34 am

    This sounds delightful! Adding to the TBR for my niece when she gets older.

  4. April 20, 2013 10:25 am

    Sounds like I need to read this one as well, it’s so hard to appeal to boys 6-9. The author must do a great job.

  5. April 20, 2013 10:30 am

    This sounds really cute, especially if its telling a story in rhyme.

  6. April 20, 2013 10:44 am

    After reading your review, I looked it up online and ordered it.

  7. Tabatha permalink
    April 20, 2013 10:53 am

    Sounds Dr. Seussy, although the illustration styles are different. I’ll keep an eye out for it!

  8. April 20, 2013 11:50 am

    My son who has such a vivid imagination would love this, I’m sure. We have been reading Dr. Seuss this month and I can’t get over how much we love his rhyming text.

  9. April 20, 2013 12:24 pm

    Happy poetry month. A good choice for the post.

  10. April 20, 2013 1:16 pm

    Sounds excellent. It’s hard to find good boy books.

  11. April 20, 2013 1:30 pm

    A book with poetry and one boys will especially like! Wow! I will keep this in mind as my friends’ children get older.

  12. April 20, 2013 1:40 pm

    Fun post today, Kathy! This does sound charming!

  13. April 20, 2013 3:25 pm

    Nice poetry month choice- it sounds like such an adventurous book! I’ll have to keep this one in mind.

  14. April 20, 2013 4:33 pm

    Sounds exciting! i think I’ll get it too.

  15. April 20, 2013 5:46 pm

    I love it when things rhyme!

  16. April 20, 2013 9:15 pm

    this is one that begs to be read out loud!!!

  17. April 20, 2013 11:33 pm

    Getting young boys intrerested in poetry is a good thing!

  18. April 22, 2013 8:33 pm

    This sounds awesome … and like it would be fun to read.

  19. April 23, 2013 10:40 am

    I love the sound of this one.

  20. April 23, 2013 11:24 am

    Kids when they’re very young have an affinity for poetry and a delight in the sounds of words. A lot of times it leaves them (in whole or part) as they get older, which is such a shame. I hope books like these help preserve a love of poetry.

  21. April 24, 2013 10:25 am

    Sounds so cute, and kids do love poems as they’re easier to recall and learn.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    April 25, 2013 8:59 pm

    Sounds like a keeper!

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