March 2012 Book Review

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
From Miss Deborah, Outreach Librarian

Summer is coming! What are you going to do all day? Read A Stick is an Excellent Thing and you will find all kinds of fun you can have outside on a summer’s day. This book is truly a celebration with joyous poems that capture the fun children have when they play outside.

Whether it’s a game like hide-and-seek: “One, two, three, uh-uh, you can’t see me behind this willow tree”, or an activity like running through the sprinkler: “Let that spray head your way. Get wet! Jump out! And always SHOUT!”, each poem will make you want to go outside and join in the fun.

The poems begin early in the day with “First One Out” about a boy playing with his dog, going throughout the day with activities and games enjoyed by kids of all ages, and end with “Stargazing” about a child and her dad looking at the stars before bed. The pictures remind you of a simple summer day with all the kids you know playing together in the neighborhood.

So if you are looking for some summer fun, read this book, then go outside and play!

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