Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems
Publication Date: April 2004
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An invigorating celebration of the seasons and poems that take shape
The twist of spring rain. The arc of summer waves. The roundness of fall pumpkins. The curve of winter snow-covered hills. These are just a few of the many shapes found among the four seasons.
So come celebrate the year in this spirited rhyming collection of concrete poems-poems shaped by their subjects that wind, bump, and wiggle across each page. From spring through winter and back again, here's an exuberant excursion that takes delight in the special details of a child's world.
Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
HEIDI B. ROEMER has long been intrigued by shape poems. Her poetry has been published in anthologies, educational journals, and numerous children's magazines. Ms. Roemer conducts poetry workshops for adults and children. She lives in Orland Park, Illinois, with her husband and two sons.
HIDEKO TAKAHASHI is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including In My New Yellow Shirt and Good Night, God Bless, which Booklist praised for its "strong, simple shapes." A native of Japan, Ms. Takahashi now lives in Seattle, Washington.
"Text and pictures blend seamlessly on this outstanding offering. . . . A strong debut for Roemer and Takahashi's most inventive work yet."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"For new readers, this is an excellent introduction to concrete poetry, while the physical patterns of the poems will help younger children connect the sounds they hear with the word shapes they see. And the gift of that pre-reading skill is a party favor to cherish."--Horn Book
"Throughout, Roemer maintains an ear for delicious sounds and rolling rhythms that beg to be read, or sung, aloud, and children will delight in the poems' clever, whimsical shapes, which are reinforced by Takahashi's cheery, elemental artwork."--Booklist
"If you are going to ask your kids to write these poems, I can't think of a better launching pad than 'Come to My Party'."--Long Beach Press Telegram
"A clever concept, splendidly realized."--Orlando Sentinel
"Rarely has the collaboration between writer and artist been more evident than in this celebration of the four seasons, with elegant verses by poet Heidi Roemer fashioned into sinewy lines of type that cleverly suggest the objects being discussed, and the actions taking place."--Pittsburgh Tribune