Friday, May 18, 2007

Poetry Friday! THIS IS A POEM THAT HEALS FISH by Jean Pierre Simeon

This is a great new poetry book that I picked up at Cover to Cover yesterday. It is about a little boy whose fish is sick. He doesn't know how to help him so his mother tells him to give him a poem. The boy isn't sure what a poem is so he goes around and asks lots of people. Each person tells him something different. Lolo in the bicycle shop tells him, "A poem, Arthur, is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth." Mahmoud tells him that "A poem is when you hear the heartbeat of a stone." Everyone tells Arthur something different so he has to put it together for himself. The ending is quite perfect:-)

I love lots about this book. The pictures are bright and fun. The language to describe poetry is beautiful and unique. I LOVE the message that poetry can heal.

A great book for any age! At this very moment, it feels like one of the best books I've ever bought!


  1. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Oooh, thanks! Will have to look for that.

  2. Anonymous10:57 AM

    A poem is when you hear the heartbeat of a stone. That is so beautiful. Very William Stafford-esque. I WILL get this book...

  3. Thanks for this great post which made me want to read the book! I just checked my ILL system and can't find it anywhere in Maryland... I'll keep looking for it.

  4. Anonymous7:45 PM

    Can't wait to pick this up at cover to cover. You make my shopping and searching so much more efficient! Thanks Franki!
    Katie D

  5. OH! I have to get this! PunditGirl's first-grade class just finished learning about and writing their own poems, and then had a poerty reading (not yet a slam!)

  6. Anonymous5:00 PM

    I wanted to let Julie in Maryland know that Toys Etc. should have a copy or two. They are in Potomac at 11325 Seven Locks Road, tel. 301-299-8300.
    Thanks for the interest,
    Enchanted Lion Books


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