A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Feb 28, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a New York Times best-selling illustrator.  The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate these universal types of play, from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring and money is tight for many families, here is a book that invites readers to join in the fun of active play with games that cost nothing.

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Really bright colors and great imagery in the pictures. - LibraryThing
Some extraneous details round out the illustrations. - LibraryThing
Each page has great illustrations to go with the poems. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

In this wonderful book, poet Marilyn Singer perfectly captures the most joyous moments of being a kid. In her series of short poems, she explores the fun and adventure in a number of games we all ... Read full review

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User Review  - TameitriaJ - LibraryThing

Children will enjoy this bright, lyrical poetry book that celebrates all kinds of outdoors activities from jumping over puddles, to chasing fire flies,walking on the edges of the sidewalk ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Marilyn Singer is the author of more than ninety books for young poeple, including Tallulah's Tutu and Mirror, Mirror. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at www.marilynsinger.net.

LeUyen Pham is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many books for children. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California. You can visit her online at www.leuyenpham.com.

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