Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year
Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year
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Annotation: Offers a collection of humorous poetry covering everything and anything about school and all the events that take place during one full school year.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #4473340
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Long, Ethan,
Pages: 192
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 0-316-02089-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-02089-3
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2008016772
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
These one-hundred eighty poems cover everything from school librarians to the tooth fairy to holidays across the religious spectrum. Though the bold line drawings are purely humorous, some of the limericks, cinquains, and acrostics include musings about loneliness, Hurricane Katrina, and other serious subjects. Verses ranging from effectively pithy to undistinguished give a broad picture of what poetry can be.
Kirkus Reviews
As the subtitle indicates, 180 poems are here gathered to be enjoyed on a vitamin-like one-a-day basis. Aside from a vague nod to the turning of the seasons—it begins with a glum sixth grader contemplating his endless homework, and poems on Eid, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, MLK Day, Passover and the other usual suspects appear at strategically spaced intervals—there is no real attempt at formal, thematic or tonal unity. Some verses are long, some short, some thought-provoking, some laugh-provoking. Long's penciled spot art provides an agreeable visual accompaniment, but this book's best application is as a read-aloud. As a no-pressure, just-for-poetry's-sake tool to start the day in the classroom, it could be a teacher's best friend. (Poetry. 8-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 46 A lively and mostly lighthearted countdown to summer, beginning with 0, "A Sixth Grader Sees the Future." "In a billion years, A.D.,/Our sun will shine for none to see./And I won't have to go to school." The selections feature a range of topics, including food, pets, school and teachers, and the natural world. Many are quite silly, though a few are serious, such as , "The Ninth Ward," which laments the fate of a victim of Hurricane Katrina: "Her miracle went to a passerby." There are limericks, concrete poems, riddles, factoids, and playful epitaphs. Holiday poems mark the passage of the school year: Columbus Day and Eid ul-Fitr, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas, and on through the remainder of the school year. Cartoon illustrations keep the mood light and breezy. This collection may be most appreciated by teachers, who'll find it an appealing and accessible introduction to whimsical wordplay. Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 3-6

Whether readers love poetry, riddles, and rhymes or just like to laugh, this richly varied collection of original poems is sure to keep them coming back for more! J. Patrick Lewis's fun and accessible poetry features delightful wordplay and a variety of subjects and forms featured in a compendium that counts down from the first day of school to the last. Paired with Ethan Long's lively art, these poems will have readers wishing there were more days in the school year!

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