Don't Step on the Sky

A Handful of Haiku

By Miriam Chaikin; Hiroe Nakata (Illustrator)
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805064742, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 2002

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Poetic gems for the very young.

"After the rain
a puddle.
Don't step on the sky."

This whimsical collection of poems in the haiku tradition celebrates the joy and wonder of nature. The twenty-eight playful poems take the young reader from early morning, through the day, and into the night's "gallery of diamonds." Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always surprising, these poems are sure to capture the imagination.

About the Author

Miriam Chaikin is a prizewinning author of some thirty books of fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her poems have appeared in national magazines and anthologies for children. Ms. Chaikin lives in New York City.

Hiroe Nakata studied illustration at Parson's School of Design. While creating the art for this book, she was reminded of her childhood in Japan: "I was very close to the ground and watched every tiny detail in nature such as wildflowers, bugs, and the big sky." She now lives in New York City, and her ideal life is still to have what she calls "haiku eyes and senses."

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