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My First Book of Haiku Poems: a Picture a Poem and a Dream

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen Tracy Gallup



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12 March 2019
Poetry (Children's&YA); Children's & young adult fiction & true stories; Languages & ESL; Poetry; Japanese - Children's Bilingual Books; Japanese - Languages
My First Book of Haiku introduces children to inspirational works of poetry and art that speak of our connection to the natural world, and of their own ability to see an entire universe in the tiniest parts of it. It pairs fresh interpretations of 20 classic poems by Issa, Shiki, Basho, and other great Japanese haiku masters with stunning original paintings that both portray and inspire a child's inner life, and open a door into the world of their own imagination.

A fully bilingual children's book, My First Book of Haiku includes the original Japanese poems (in both Japanese script and Romaji form) on each page alongside the English translation to form a complete cultural experience.

Each haiku poem is accompanied by a full page dreamscape painting that will be admired by children and adults alike. Commentaries and brief bios offer parents and teachers ready-made food for thought to share with young readers and stimulate a conversation about each work.
By:   Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, Tracy Gallup
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   Japan
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 254mm, 
Weight:   539g
ISBN:   9784805315156
ISBN 10:   4805315156
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   12 March 2019
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 9 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Language:   Japanese
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen is a professor at the University of Michigan and an award-winning teacher and scholar of classical Japanese literature. She has written extensively on the subjects of Japanese poets and poetry and Buddhist philosophy. Tracy Gallup is an author, illustrator and lifelong artist. She has a BFA from Eastern Michigan University and an MFA in painting from Syracuse University. Tracy worked as an elementary school art teacher for many years, and celebrates imagination and childhood in her own artwork. She is the author and illustrator of 9 children's books, including Paint the Night, A Roomful of Questions, four books in A Crazy Little series, King Cat, and also illustrated the book Beastly Banquet. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband. As a child, Tracy had and loved her very own collection of Tuttle books.

Reviews for My First Book of Haiku Poems: a Picture a Poem and a Dream

...the illustrations by Gallup are just stunning! Thoughtful 'dreamscape' paintings accompany each haiku, bringing them to life. -A Little Literary Love blog Classic haiku works by Japanese poets-appearing in their original script as well as Romaji and in English translation-are compiled in this artful collection. Ramirez-Christensen invites readers to contemplate the poems' meanings...The poems gracefully encourage reading, contemplation, and creativity, and Gallup evokes wonder through her gently surreal imagery. -Publishers Weekly Each two-page spread of this enigmatic collection of poems features a three-line verse by a haiku master-printed in English, Japanese, and romanized Japanese syllables-accompanied by a full-page painting of a surreal, imaginative scene...Haiku is a mainstay of classroom poetry sections, and this volume does an unusually good job of putting the form in context and emphasizing its evocative, quiet beauty. -Booklist Haiku is often a gateway to writing poetry for youngsters, and this brief, image-focused form encourages sharing and discussing at home and school. Artist Tracy Gallup's luminous 'dreamscapes' beautifully convey the tone of curiosity and wonder in these 20 poems from Japanese masters such as Basho, Buson and Issa. Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen provides graceful translations, guiding questions, short biographies and historic background. A gem of a book! -Washington Parent magazine Nature comes alive in each classic haiku accompanied by an expressive, imaginative painting. The poems appear in both English and Japanese, which is also transliterated to facilitate pronunciation. - Reading Rockets Each poem is paired with a stunning original painting that reflects the strength and beauty of the words, opening the door to the world of imagination. Illustrator Gallup's superb artwork vividly captures the nature of the poet's meaning...Well-constructed and thoughtful, this collection is a recommended title. -School Library Journal An extraordinary and unique bilingual picture book, My First Book of Haiku Poems: a Picture, a Poem and a Dream will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library poetry collections and bilingual picture book collections. -Midwest Book Review I love how this book combines the words of the haiku with the picture from the artist. -Crafty Moms Share blog

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