Thinker : my puppy poet and me

by Greenfield, Eloise,

Format: Print Book 2019.
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Summary

A new collection of poetry for kids from Coretta Scott King Book Award winner Eloise Greenfield!

Thinker isn't just an average puppy--he's a poet. So is his owner, Jace. Together, they turn the world around them into verse.

There's just one problem: Thinker has to keep quiet in public, and he can't go to school with Jace. That is, until Pets' Day. But when Thinker is allowed into the classroom at last, he finds it hard to keep his true identity a secret.

Praise for Thinker:
"Coretta Scott King Award-winner Greenfield sensitively conveys Jace's anxiety about being perceived as different, and his realization that being true to one's self is the best bet--for kids and dog poets, too."--Publishers Weekly
A Kate Greenaway Medal nominee

Contents
Naming me
Welcome party
Two poets talking
Tell me, Jace
Jace's answer
Jace won't let me go
Kimmy
My brother
In the park
In the park 2
Weather haiku
Birds fly
You can go
Pets' Day
That's my puppy
Thinker's rap

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sixteen narratively connected verses feature a poetic dog, Thinker, and his seven-year-old rhymester human, Jace. Thinker's poems explore how he got his name, the mysteries of the universe, his desire to go to school, and his difficulties remembering not to declaim in the presence of humans outside his family. The pooch mostly succeeds until Pets' Day, when he spontaneously recites a jingle for Jace's class, prompting all the other pets to demonstrate their own special talents as well. Greenfield's poems are short, varied (many are free verse, but some are haiku and others rap), and mostly delivered from the dog's perspective. Abdollahi's mixed-media collage artwork features handmade and hand-colored papers that are inspired by the environment. The papers are particularly adept at conveying textures and shading, and while figures are stylized, the art works well both close up and from a story hour distance. Jace and his family are African American, and his neighborhood is nicely diverse. Appended with a note about the poems from Greenfield, this should encourage young wordsmiths.--Kay Weisman Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a poetic narrative first published in the U.K., a boy's dog is much more than a friendly pooch-like his owner, Jace, he's a poet: "They named me Thinker, and I knew/ this was the place to be." Jace and Thinker communicate in non-rhymed verses. "When I recite my poems,/ I make music," Jace says. But even though Jace loves exchanging poems with Thinker at home, he fears how others might react if they heard him recite poetry. Abdollahi illustrates in evocative collage using handmade paper, capturing the feel of Jace's bustling community. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Greenfield sensitively conveys Jace's anxiety about being perceived as different, and his realization that being true to one's self is the best bet-for kids and dog poets, too. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Dogs -- Juvenile poetry.
Pet owners -- Juvenile poetry.
African Americans -- Juvenile poetry.
Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Puppies -- Poetry.
Dogs -- Poetry.
Pet owners -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Poetry.
Human-animal relationships -- Poetry.
American poetry.
Poetry.
Publisher Naperville, Illinois :2019.
Other Titles Poems.
My puppy poet and me
Contributors Abdollahi, Ehsan, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4 and up.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781492677246
1492677248
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