December 4, 2013

Poems to savour

'Til All the Stars Have Fallen: Canadian Poems for Children
selected by David Booth
illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

From the introduction:

Poets are wordsmiths, spending their lives choosing, bending, shaping, teasing, playing with words. The sounds of language fascinate them so. Poets write words that make your ears sing. When you read poems, they come alive with out-loud language. You can sometimes taste the words of a poem on your tongue as you make meaning in your imagination.

Booth's selection of poems capture special moments, intense feelings, and other imaginative experiences that speak especially to children. Here is a poem by Anne Corkett that starts off the collection:

The light of day
cannot stay.
The fading sun
will not come
to anybody's calling.

The cold moon light
Is clear and white.
She will not go,
this I know,
til all the stars have fallen.

Highly recommended.

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