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A Maze Me: Poems for Girls

A MAZE ME: POEMS FOR GIRLS

by: Nye, Naomi Shihab
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description A collection of seventy-two poems written especially for girls ages twelve and up by the much-honored and beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye. "A lovely, rich collection that promises to be a lasting companion for young writers."—School Library Journal (starred review) First love, friendship, school, family, community, having a crush, loving your mother and hating your mother, sense of self, body image, hopes and dreams . . . these seventy-two poems by Naomi Shihab Nye—written expressly for this collection—will speak to girls of all ages. An honest, insightful, inspirational, and amazing collection. "A wide age range will respond to these deeply felt poems about everyday experiences, which encourage readers to lean eagerly into their lives and delight in its passages."—ALA Booklist (starred review). An introduction by the author is included. From Booklist *Starred Review* Gr. 8-11. In the thoughtful, inspiring introduction to her latest collection of original poems, Nye encourages young readers to write three lines in a notebook every day: "You will find out what you notice. Uncanny connections will be made visible to you." The following poems draw from Nye's observations about nature, home, school, and neighborhood to make connections to a girl's inner world. The meaning in a few selections is oblique, particularly in spare lines that read like a zen koan. Most poems, though, speak with a powerful immediacy. When the speaker finds her mother's braid in an attic, there is the sharp, lonely realization that her parents will die: "I don't want to be / eighty years old / looking at the braid / all by myself." In other poems, she worries if a crush notices her, but there is a strong, contagious confidence in her voice: "Does he see me gleaming / in my chair?" In beautiful lines, the speaker's hopes extend to the wider world, and she wishes that, like tree frogs, humans had "something / we could / all sing / together, yes." A wide age range will respond to these deeply felt poems about everyday experiences that encourage readers to lean eagerly into their lives and delight in their passages. Gillian Engberg Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved From the Inside Flap Life is a tangle oftwisting paths.Some short.Some long.There are dead ends.And there are choices.And wrong turns, and detours, and yield signs, and instruction booklets, and star maps, and happiness, and loneliness.And friends.And sisters.And love.And poetry. Life is a maze.You are a maze.Amazed.And amazing. From the Back Cover Life is a tangle oftwisting paths.Some short.Some long.There are dead ends.And there are choices.And wrong turns,and detours,and yield signs, and instruction booklets,and star maps,and happiness,and loneliness.And friends.And sisters.And love.And poetry. Life is a maze.You are a maze.Amazed.And amazing. About the Author Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti's Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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Product Code: 9780060581893
ISBN: 0060581891
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: 2005-03-15
Number of Pages: 118 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Illustrated
Dimension: 5.31 x 0.79 x 7.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds