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Call Me Marianne [Hardcover]

By Jen Bryant (Author) & David Johnson (Illustrator)
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Item description for Call Me Marianne by Jen Bryant & David Johnson...

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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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Item Specifications...


Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.42" Width: 8.92" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  6-9
ISBN  0802852424  
ISBN13  9780802852427  


Availability  0 units.


More About Jen Bryant & David Johnson


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JEN BRYANT has published poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction for young readers. Her last picture-book biography collaboration with Melissa Sweet, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, was a Caldecott Honor Book. Jen lives with her family in southeastern Pennsylvania.
MELISSA SWEET is the Caldecott Honor artist of A River of Words by Jen Bryant, The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra, and Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, among others. She is also the author-illustrator of Balloons Over Broadway, which was awarded a Robert F. Sibert Medal.

Jen Bryant currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

Jen Bryant has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Schneider Family Book Awards - Young Children's Book Winner


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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.

 

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