Monday, February 28, 2011

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
By: Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by: Rick Allen

I don't know what is more beautiful about this book, the poems or the illustrations. Children will flip through the pages and feel the movement of the words as they read them. The imagery used makes you feel like you are there. Every poem is beautiful and informative. In Welcome to the Night, a tribute to all who crawl and creep, you can practically smell yourself in the forest. In Cricket Speaks, you feel the anticipation as the cricket rests throughout the day, waiting for nightfall where the sounds begin to dance. This would be a wonderful read aloud to school age children. I give this book 5 stars.

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