Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Micha Archer
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
A young boy named Daniel sees a sign posted on the park gate that says, "Poetry in the Park, Sunday at 6 O'clock." Daniel goes to his animal friends and asks each one if they can explain to him what poetry is. Each animal has a different sense of what makes a poem. For all of them it is a sensory experience related to their view of the world. When Daniel returns to the park he weaves all of these observations into one cohesive poem. On his way home his next poem has already begun to form.
This story is simple, but the illustrations elevate the simple words with color and exploration as the little boy climbs around and through his world. In the end, these simple words become a powerful poetic expression of a young boy's feelings for nature. The simplicity and repetition of Daniel's question and the flow of the animal responses combined with Daniel's naivete create a very lovely experience that can be used to introduce children to poetry and verse. It is a beautiful book about words and meaning expressed in a beautifully thoughtful way.