Item description for Call Me Marianne by Jen Bryant & David Johnson...
Overview A boy meets an older woman at the zoo, and together they observe the animals while she tells him about the process of writing poetry.
Publishers Description ""Are you a scientist?" I ask.
Marianne stops writing and looks up. "No, I'm not a scientist -- I'm a poet."
"Oh," I reply. I've never met a poet before. "What, exactly, does a poet do?" I ask her.
"For me, being a poet begins with watching." "
On a trip to the zoo, young Jonathan returns a lost hat to Marianne, a woman who wears all black and scribbles notes in a little book. When Marianne invites him to tour the zoo with her, Jonathan makes a new friend and learns that he too can write poetry.
With lighthearted illustrations and a poetically told story, this picture book biography of poet Marianne Moore offers readers a glimpse of the writing process and their own potential to become writers.
From The Book Jacket <p><I>"Are you a scientist?" I ask. </p> <p>Marianne stops writing and looks up. "No, I?Tm not a scientist — I?Tm a poet."</p> <p>"Oh," I reply. I?Tve never met a poet before. "What, exactly, does a poet do?" I ask her.</p> <p> "For me, being a poet begins with watching." </p></I> <p>On a trip to the zoo, young Jonathan returns a lost hat to Marianne, a woman who wears all black and scribbles notes in a little book. When Marianne invites him to tour the zoo with her, Jonathan makes a new friend and learns that he too can write poetry.</p> <p>With lighthearted illustrations and a poetically told story, this picture book about poet Marianne Moore offers readers a glimpse of the writing process and encourages them to become writers too.</p>
From Publishers Weekly Bryant (The Trial) introduces Marianne Moore, the mid-20th-century poet, via
her encounter with Jonathan, a New York city boy, who rescues the woman's
trademark tri-cornered hat on the way to a lizard exhibit at the zoo.
Johnson's (On Sand Island) watercolor compositions underscore narrator
Jonathan's perceptions of both Moore and the animals he sees. Having exchanged
names, the two look at the lizards; Moore scribbles notes, and the boy asks
about her occupation: "What, exactly, does a poet do?" For Moore's answer,
Johnson zooms in on the poet's face, framed by her extraordinary hat. Strands
of silvery hair fly about her ears, and her lined features are set in
thought. "For me," she says, "being a poet begins/ with watching." She
describes her methods and shows him drafts of poems in her notebook. "Does it
take a long time?" he asks. "This one took me nearly a year!" she says, then
shows him another. "But this one took me only a few hours./ Every poem is
different-just like those lizards." In thanks for her hat, Moore gives the boy
a notebook and whispers, "You could write poetry." Bryant conveys a glimpse of
the creative process in language young readers can grasp. Johnson's artwork, a
little like the poetry of Moore herself, is formal, muted in color yet always
lively; his watercolors capture the animals as capably as the human
interactions. Ages 6-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.42" Width: 8.92" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.98 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0802852424 ISBN13 9780802852427
Availability 0 units.
More About Jen Bryant & David Johnson
Jen Bryant is the acclaimed author of poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction, including The Fortune of Carmen Navarro; Ringside, 1925Views from the Scopes Trial; Pieces of Georgia; and The Trial, a novel for young readers about the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's son. A graduate of Gettysburg College, Jen Bryant teaches children's literature at West Chester University and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. To learn more about the author and her books, please visit www.jenbryant.com.
Jen Bryant currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Call Me Marianne?
Not interesting Apr 30, 2009
This picture book is about a little boy meeting poet Marianne Moore at at a zoo. I found it less interesting than most picture books. It just seemed a little boring. The boy meets Marianne after she loses her hat. She then walks with him through the zoo and tells him about being a poet. But there was nothing fun about that, except maybe that they were at a zoo. Even that seemed tedious, though. One of Jen Bryant's better book is Abe's Fish, about Abraham Lincoln, which I reviewed also.