Peacock and Other Poems
Publication Date: March 2002
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By the author of the Small Poems books
This new collection by Valerie Worth, conceived before her death, is sure to delight readers who know her celebrated Small Poems books, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for those first encountering her enchanting free verse. Accompanied by Natalie Babbitt’s fine pencil drawings, “Peacock” is joined by twenty-six other elegant poems by Worth about things as various as pandas and steam engines and icicles, in which, like her earlier work, she “find[s] in ordinary things Blake’s universe in a grain of sand” (Booklist).
Valerie Worth (1933–94) was the author of many books
for children, including the collection All the Small Poems and Fourteen More.
Natalie Babbitt illustrated five previous books by Ms. Worth and is the author of many of her own, including Tuck Everlasting. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
"This collection of 27 poems by the late Worth once again heralds the joy of words, the way they feel in the mouth, the way they look on the page . . . Re-imagining everyday encounters, she urges readers to consider each and take pleasure in the entire sensory experience." --Starred, Publishers Weekly