Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy

In short poems Sally Murphy has told the story of Pearl, her mom and granny.  We learn that Granny is very sick and no longer knows who Pearl is.  We learn that her dad left long ago.  We learn that Pearl's teacher assigns poems that rhyme.  But neither Pearl nor her poems rhyme.  It is a very sad event that brings to light to everyone that Pearl is indeed a wonderful poet.

The relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter is a very special relationship.  Through poems we can see what Granny and Pearl meant to each other, their shared love of children's literature and poetry.
The illustrations by Heather Potter are lovely and show the emotions Pearl feels throughout the book.  This is a wonderful book and can be paired in a poetry unit with Love That Dog by Sharon Creech to introduce poetry to young children.  Recommended for grades 2-5.  Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Candlewick Press via Netgalley.  Pearl Verses the World is now available and every library should own it.

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