Poetry in Word and Paint

Summary:

A young boy is the voice of 15 poems that describe his first year after moving to New York's Chinatown from Hong Kong. 


Parent Perspective:

Beautiful, story-like poetry sets the stage and creates a sensory experience for readers. The illustrations are exquisite in simplicity and detail. Yes, that sounds contradictory, but once you see them you'll see. What a lovely book.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers will use all of their senses as a young boy shares his experiences living in Chinatown.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
Single images capture the theme of each of 15 poems in this picture book about a boy's new life.
Educational Themes:

With older children, you can explore the art of poetry and sensory writing. These poems do not rhyme, but they convey sights, sounds, and smells in a moment in time. Ask readers if they can sense a change in attitude?

With younger readers, enjoy the poems as stories. 

Reading Level:
3.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a lovely book and you'll enjoy the illustrations as much as the poems. It just isn't a book you'll keep unless you collect poetry.

Title My Chinatown: One Year In Poems
Author Kam Mak
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2002
Illustrators Kam Ma
ISBN 9780064437325
Material Paperback
Cost $7.99
Genres Cultures and Tradition, Asia | Asian People
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