Thursday, September 20, 2007

Review: Green as a Bean

by Karla Kushin, illustrated by Melissa Iwai. Laura Geringer Books, 2007. This adorable picture book in rhyme is a poem, a song, a philosophical invitation. If you could be green...square...soft...small, what would you be? Each open-ended question takes a childhood characteristic and stretches our expectations to invite imaginative expression. My favorite verse:

If you could be loud
would you be the sound
of thunder at night
or the howl of a hound
as he bays at the moon
or the pound of the sea?
Tell me, proud loud one,
what would you be?"

Iwai's illustrations are full and luscious in soft pastels and vibrant rainbows. From the youngest children learning their color words to older children studying poetry and writing their own additional verses to extend the book, this is a wonderful addition to any collection.
I can see a class of poetry students pulling descriptive words out of a hat and writing poems in this style...
If you could be tall.... round.... a wisp.... winged... invincible...
What would your children write/dream/ wonder?

Mother Reader is asking for lists of our Favorite Books of 2007 (So Far...) and this one tops my list of picture books. It is a joy!


Charlotte said...

Um, that sounds like a lovely one! thanks.


Jenny said...

This looks like a wonderful book. I've been trying to think of ways to introduce my 2 1/2 year old to poetry, and this seems perfect.