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Review: Firefly July

April 5, 2014
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Firefly July

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems is a wonderful collection of thirty six poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko.  The poems are divided by the four seasons but they can all be enjoyed any time of the year.  The poems are short in words but big in thoughts.  Even though the collection is presented in a picture book format, these poems can be enjoyed by all ages.  As a matter of fact, most people will already be familiar with one of the poems – Fog by Carl Sandburg.  I loved this collection and can honestly say I thought every poem was terrific.  This untitled poem by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser really struck my fancy:

What is it the wind has lost
that she keeps looking for
under each leaf?

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the illustrations in this book.  They were created by Melissa Sweet and, as you can tell by the cover, they are stunning.  They suit the poems they are paired with and really enhance the book, making it the perfect book to read aloud with an early reader.   When read aloud, Firefly July is a feast for the eyes and ears!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2014 7:14 am

    Holy cow, we both featured poetry books about fireflies today. Two different books. what are the odds? LOL

  2. April 5, 2014 9:16 am

    I am not a big poetry fan (which is funny because I used to love to write it in High School…) but I like the idea of it being a picture book. That is interesting.

  3. Patty permalink
    April 5, 2014 10:32 am

    I love the cover…I love kids poetry much more than grown up poetry…lol!

  4. April 5, 2014 2:47 pm

    This sounds like a very lovely poetry book for all ages. Terrific review, Kathy!

  5. April 5, 2014 3:33 pm

    Firefly July sounds so nice!

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 5, 2014 10:53 pm

    They remind me of an awesome quilt. Fun.

  7. April 6, 2014 10:19 am

    Sounds like a book my granddaughter would like! Love the cover!

  8. April 6, 2014 2:46 pm

    this looks like a great book. I don’t know about you, but I often get pulled in by the cover, and as I’m not a great poetry fan I might have stopped to have a look at this one

  9. bookingmama permalink
    April 6, 2014 6:20 pm

    Gorgeous book! I am such a sad excuse for a mom when it comes to introducing poetry to my kids. This book would have been perfect.

  10. April 6, 2014 8:57 pm

    What a beautiful cover (and fun title!) Sounds like a great read for parents and kids.

  11. April 7, 2014 12:34 am

    I’m glad to see you enjoyed this one! I just checked it out from the library. Now I’m looking forward to reading it. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

  12. April 7, 2014 8:52 am

    This sounds like a winner for my kiddo! Love this review; i’ve added it to my linky for poetry month.

  13. April 8, 2014 9:24 pm

    Looks like they made poetry fun! I love the cover.

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