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"Light,/light,/stretch/my sight,/bend back/ corners/of the night . . ."

 R Light can be dynamic, exciting, dramatic, comforting, fascinating, welcoming.  Switch on the poetry power!  See and feel the energy, emotion, and surprise of light in its many forms.  From the flicker of BIRTHDAY CANDLES to a flash of LIGHTNING, from a SUN that "solar powers" a child out of bed to a FULL MOON that "reflects the flames of day in a SILVER kind of way," from the powerful beam of a LIGHTHOUSE to the glow of a LAMP that holds a book and a child "nestled in the lap of night" please join delightful artist Nancy Davis and me as we explore the wondrous ways that light illuminates our world.

 "Thank you for sharing your gift of fun and playing with words--the children are in no doubt now that poetry is a living language and can brighten our days."     4th grade teacher, Rumson, NJ

 f Here is more information about FLICKER FLASH, poems by Joan Bransfield Graham, illustrated by Nancy Davis, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN:  0-395-90501-X

 I FLICKER FLASH  has been chosen for the following honors:

 PA School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

PA National Council of Teachers of English

   Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts

PA National Science Teachers Association-Children's Book Council

   Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children for 2000

PNew York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"

PRiverbank Review "Children's Books of Distinction" Finalist

P"Highly Commended"--2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award

PChildren's Literature Top Choice List 2000

PTop Ten Children's Books of 1999, Dr. Peggy Sharp

P"Best of the Best," 1999, Chicago Public Library

PBill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee, Kansas

PFlorida Children's Book Award 2001 Nominee

PYoung Hoosier Book Award Nominee 2001-2002, Indiana

PLouisiana Young Readers' Choice Award 2002 Nominee

PWashington Children's Choice Picture Book Award 2002 Nominee

PCalifornia Collection 2001

"You are a great poet.  I can assure you, you make kids imaginations come alive.
5th grader, St. Jude's School, Westlake Village, CA

   REVIEWS  

"A vivid fusion of ingenious concrete poetry and boldly colored graphics that celebrate the many shapes and forms of light.  From the joyous whoop of sunlight's ". . . dynamite, ring-/a-ding day." to the flash of the open camera shutter that "will spill/onto my film/to make time/stand still," readers will delight in the many images presented to the eye and to the mind.  This companion volume to Graham's water-wonderful Splish Splash will be equally at home in units on science, poetry, and art, and will surely inspire children.  This one dazzles."--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY      PSchool Library Journal, starred revie "extraordinarily clever . . . this will bewitch readers with both sound and shape."          Booklist

 "stunningly delicious . . . captivates the eye as well as the ear . . . luminous adventures . . . that feel as hypnotic as staring into a flickering flame . . . Graham has a tactile, flexible gift with language and a contagious sense of playfulness and joy . . . The poems are funny and uplifting . . . It is hard to imagine a more perfect duet between words and images than the one performed in Flicker Flash."         Naomi Shihab Nye, Riverbank Review

 "this volume should have particular appeal to visual learners." The Horn Book  "A perfectly enlightening introduction to the fun of playing with words and rhyme."          Family Life, Feb., 2000

 "Each of these 23 quirky, deceptively simple poems is about light--the sun, a candle, a firefly, a flashlight--and accompanied by vibrant, yellow-lit illustrations."       Instructor Magazine

"an absolute must-have!  The shape poems are just beautiful, so fresh and creative.  It allows one to see poetry in a new way . . . This is one book I must add to my collection at home."        Lien, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA