A Stick Is an Excellent Thing

Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

By Marilyn Singer; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547124933, 40pp.)

Publication Date: February 2012

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Description
A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a "New York Times "best-selling illustrator. The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate these universal types of play, from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring and money is tight for many families, here is a book that invites readers to join in the fun of active play with games that cost nothing.



About the Author
Marilyn Singer is the author of more than seventy books for young readers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

LEUYEN PHAM worked in animation before turning to children's books. She wrote and illustrated "Big Sister, Little Sister" and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books. Ms. Pham lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband.
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