All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

By Valerie Worth; Natalie Babbitt (Illustrator)
Sunburst Books, Paperback, 9780374403454, 194pp.

Publication Date: October 1996

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Description

All four "Small Poems" books in one volume plus fourteen new poems "every bit as worthy as their predecessors" (The Horn Book)




About the Author
Valerie Worth was a prolific writer whose work included numerous books of children's poetry and fiction for both young people and adults. In 1991, the National Council of Teachers of English honored her with their Poetry Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her Poems are vivid observations of the quiet rumblings of everyday objects. In all her writing, the careful attention to rhythm and sound and her striking images and metaphors make for engaging reading.

Valerie Worth was born in Philadelphia, and as a child she lived in Pennsylvania, Florida and India. She attended Swarthmore College and graduated in 1955. Afterwards, she settled in Clinton, New York, and continued he Writing. She had many other interests, including astronomy, gardening and meditation. Valerie Worth died in 1994. She is survived by her husband, George Bahlke, and three children.



A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt is the award-winning author of the modern classic "Tuck Everlasting", "The Eyes of the Amaryllis", "Kneeknock Rise" and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of "The Forty-ninth Magician", a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, "The Search for Delicious", established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. "Kneeknock Rise" earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, and in 2002, "Tuck Everlasting" was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three.



Praise For All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

"Every bit as worth as their predecessors." --The Horn Book

"A virtual catalog of brief meditations on little earthly wonders-from "Amoeba" to "Zinnias"-rendered in characteristically simple yet exquisitely language and though." --Voice of Youth Advocates

"Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet's craft...Like haiku, her poems are written in the present tense of one thing keenly observed, inviting readers to complete the picture." --Myra Cohn Livingston, The New York Times Book Review

"Valerie Worth's small, solid poems are consistently accessible but never condescending or compromising...The observations are sharp, matter-of-fact, fresh but unforced, and Natalie Babbitt's precise, understated drawings have the same virtues." --Pointer/Kirkus Reviews

"All the original collaborations between this poet and artist are collected in this volume, which includes ninety-nine poems and an additional fourteen new ones. The early works have been widely praised, for good reason, and the new verses are every bit as worthy as their predecessors...the book is a gift to cherish." --The Horn Book

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