Lion of the Sky:
Haiku for All Seasons
you gasp as I roar,
my mane exploding, sizzling
lion of the sky!
What do you get when you mix haiku with riddles with mask poems and add stunning art by? A collection of 24 riddle-ku that celebrates the iconic images and events of the seasons, from baseball to the first day of school to a pair of cozy mittens. Whether you want to solve riddles or immerse yourself in imaginative poems and art, this gorgeous book is for you!
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Publisher: Millbrook (4/1/19)
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Review: Booklist: STARRED “The eloquent language ranges from philosophical to whimsical, and that tone is reflected in the colorful acrylic paintings… the wonderfully evocative, vivid imagery in text and art also make this a welcome addition for poetry classroom units.”
Review: Kirkus: STARRED “Richly rewarding and clever: a visually arresting, inventive treatment of a popular subject.”
Review: Horn Book: “Salas’s innovative language steals the show. What is “firelight from the past” or “a yellow train / CARRYING thoughts from your brain / to the waiting page”? (Answers: stars and a pencil.)…Multiple readings are in order: the first few may revolve around riddle solving, while subsequent ones will allow readers to savor the imaginative language and illustrations.”
Review: School Library Journal: “This well-crafted work contains versatile possibilities for classrooms and libraries.”
Review: Publishers Weekly: “The book’s meditative tone and resonant images invite readers to embrace new ways of seeing the world around them.”
Jules Danielson: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Check out a number of interior pages and admire Mercè López’s gorgeous art!
Kirkus: Getting Ready for April: “Laura Purdie Salas is one of children’s literature’s most prolific and inventive poets, and her newest book, Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons, is a sheer delight. If you work with children in any way or find yourself reading to them, be sure to have a copy on hand to celebrate National Poetry Month.”
Margaret Simon: One way to write riddle-kus in the classroom. I love her popsicle stick idea!
Review: Ass’n. of Children’s Librarians of Northern California: “Each first-person poem suggestively hints at the identity of its narrator—an object representing the spring, summer, fall, or winter. “You gasp as I roar,/ my mane EXPLODING, sizzling—lion of the sky!”… Lion of the Sky is a delightfully inventive take on a timeless subject.”
Review: Stacked Books: “Haiku meet riddles in this wonderful collection from Laura Purdie Salas.”