The proper way to meet a hedgehog : and other how-to poems

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Summary
Toast a marshmallow, be a tree in winter, read braille -- Paul B. Janeczko and Richard Jones invite you to enjoy an assortment of poems that inform and inspire.

Today I walked outside and spied
a hedgehog on the hill.
When she and I met eye to eye,
she raised up straight and still.

Be they practical (how to mix a pancake or how to bird-watch) or fanciful (how to scare monsters or how to be a snowflake), the poems in this book boast a flair and joy that you won't find in any instruction manual. Poets from Kwame Alexander to Pat Mora to Allan Wolf share the way to play hard, to love nature, and to be grateful. Soft, evocative illustrations will encourage readers to look at the world with an eye to its countless possibilities.

Contributors include:

Kwame Alexander
Calef Brown
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Margarita Engle
Ralph Fletcher
Douglas Florian
Helen Frost
Martin Gardner
Charles Ghigna
Nikki Grimes
Anna E. Jordan
Karla Kuskin
Irene Latham
J. Patrick Lewis
Marjorie Maddox
Elaine Magliaro
Pat Mora
Christina Rossetti
Monica Shannon
Marilyn Singer
Robert Louis Stevenson
Charles Waters
April Halprin Wayland
Steven Withrow
Allan Wolf
Contents
How to build a poem / by Charles Ghigna
How to tell a camel / by J. Patrick Lewis
How to be a mole / by Elaine Magliaro
The proper way to meet a hedgehog / by Allan Wolf
Toasting marshmallows / by Marilyn Singer
Mix a pancake / by Christina Rossetti
To make a meal / by Calef Brown
How to tell goblins from elves / by Monica Shannon
How to scare monsters / by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Rules / by Karla Kuskin
Rules of speaking / by Douglas Florian
Walking on Mars / by Irene Latham
Table tennis triolet / by Marjorie Maddox
Basketball rule #2 / by Kwame Alexander
How to ride a new bike / by April Halprin Wayland
Playin' jacks / by Anna E. Jordan
The swing / by Robert Louis Stevenson
How to bird-watch / by Margarita Engle
How to be a tree in winter / by Irene Latham
How to take care of your tree / by Allan Wolf
How to make a snow angel / by Ralph Fletcher
How to be a snowflake / by Elaine Magliaro
Snowflake catcher / by Charles Waters
On the Fourth of July / by Marilyn Singer
Fireworks / by Anna E. Jordan
Tired hair / by Douglas Florian
Barbershop / by Martin Gardner
A lesson from the deaf / by Nikki Grimes
How to read braille / by Steve Withrow
Best friends / by Helen Frost
How to say a little prayer / by Pat Mora
How to catch a poem / by Irene Latham
How to pay attention / by April Halprin Wayland.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this charmingly illustrated collection, poets classic (Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson) and modern (Kwame Alexander, Margarita Engle) offer a variety of how-to poems, providing young readers with instructions both jocular and sincere. The poems vary widely in tone: Elaine Magliaro is thoughtful and austere in How to Be a Mole, as she advises readers to Listen for the soft music / of seeds sprouting, / worms wiggling / rain pattering on your grassy roof. By contrast, Douglas Florian is playful in Tired Hair, as he says, If you're tired of your hair, / Rope it to a rocking chair . . . / Tie it into fifty knots; / Dye it green with purple spots. Poetry content ranges from daily joys (playing on a swing, watching birds) to the fantastical (seeing goblins, scaring monsters). On one gloriously orange double-page spread, Irene Latham joyfully takes a visit to Mars ( be ready: / the first person to walk on Mars / might be you ). Nikki Grimes addresses sign language in A Lesson from the Deaf, while Steven Withrow offers a poetic glimpse into How to Read Braille. Jones' illustrations are truly scene-stealing: at times impish and adorable, at others restrained and lovely, they capture the essence of each poem. A useful poetry compendium that can be shared in sections or in its entirety.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Who can resist a good how-to? Janeczko, an astute editor of children's poetry, capitalizes on his readers' natural curiosity and yearning for autonomy while opening up the possibilities for what a how-to-both the question and the answer-can be. The selections are giddily eclectic: J. Patrick Lewis offers pointers on distinguishing the Dromedary from the Bactrian camel; Irene Latham tells readers how to walk on Mars ("Don't take off your helmet,/ whatever you do"). Kwame Alexander's "Basketball Rule #2" uses abrupt, imperative rhythms ("Hustle dig/Grind push/Run fast"). And Douglas Florian goes for full-on silliness, advising readers who are tired of their hair to "Mail it in first class in a letter;/ Weave it in your cashmere sweater." Digitized paintings by Jones (The Squirrels' Busy Year) have silk-screened textures and create visual cohesion even as they range as widely as the verse. One spread offers an everyday, ordinary scene: a boy rides his bike through a sunlit park; in another, a tiny, solitary astronaut gazes into a vast, yellow-orange Martian landscape. The entire book becomes a how-to , instructing readers not only in various activities but also in all the ways poetry can resonate. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Children's poetry, American.
Children's poetry, English.
American poetry.
English poetry.
Poetry.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2019.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Janeczko, Paul B., editor.
Jones, Richard, 1977- illustrator.
Audience Ages 6-9.
Language English
Notes Anthology.
Description 44 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9780763681685
0763681687
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