My Poet

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$17.99  $16.73
Katherine Tegen Books
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10.4 X 8.7 X 0.5 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan (1938-2022) was the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; Edward's Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; Fly Away; and Snow Horses. She lived in western Massachusetts.

JEN HILL a obtenu un diplôme de la Rhode Island School of Design, où elle a étudié l'illustration de livres pour enfants auprès de David Macaulay et Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges. Vous pouvez retrouver Jen à Brooklyn dans l'État de New York, où elle dessine dans son studio, ou chez elle à Cobble Hill, avec son mari et leur chat.

JEN HILL is the illustrator of several picture books, including Diana's White House Garden by Elisa Carbone, Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber, and Doing Her Bit by Erin Hagar. She is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.


"Hill's -illustrations are bright and breezy, loose, and beachy. First-person narration from the child's perspective lends an open, curious tone that may inspire readers to be close observers and try their hands at poetry, too. VERDICT A gentle but formidable addition to picture book collections everywhere; as nuanced as a poem, it spells out as much as it withholds and leaves readers with questions they'll be inspired to try to answer themselves." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"[A] dreamy introduction to the art and craft of writing [from] late Newbery Medalist MacLachlan. Lucy's quiet joy in learning to find her own words, encouraged by the poet, is uplifting for anyone who has engaged in creative process. This inviting book reads as an ode to the late poet Mary Oliver, the Cape, and new undertakings." -- Publishers Weekly

"A love of words, walks, and a watery natural landscape highlight an intergenerational friendship in this posthumously published picture book from Newbery winner MacLachlan. Hill's blowsy, light-washed pictures capture the area's magic. A sweet paean to inspiration and contemplation." -- Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE HUNDRED-YEAR BARN: "In meditative prose, Newbery-winner MacLachlan commemorates the life of a great barn. MacLachlan and Pak invite readers into the rhythms of the small family farm and important moments, small and great, over a century of its life." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This quiet tale captures the rhythm of rural life throughout seasons--and then over generations. MacLachlan weaves in an abundance of details that will appeal to children with no firsthand experience with farming. A cozy filter through which to imagine growing up." -- Kirkus Reviews

"MacLachlan pays tribute to a symbol of the American farm. Watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink, and digital media in browns, tans, and cinnamon, enable the red of the cap and the barn to stand out. The solid building at the heart of the farm offers comfort and continuity in the life of a family." -- Booklist

Praise for CHICKEN TALK: "Krosoczka's expressive illustrations bring humor and tenderness to each character, human and chicken. MacLachlan's latest models an attentive, loving, and respectful relationship between humans and their animal companions that even those without articulate pets will appreciate. A sweet, silly...celebration of individuality and connection." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Artwork by Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo) uses softly sketched lines and gentle farmyard hues to provide a sense of the farm's peace and the chickens' cleverness. MacLachlan (My Father's Words) offers droll dialogue, a bucolic setting, and a spirited defense of animals as distinct beings with unacknowledged powers of observation." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for THE POET'S DOG: "Magical. A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A spare, moving tale. Using simple words that even youngest readers will understand and enjoy, MacLachlan tackles subjects such as death and mourning with understated grace." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers will find their own jewel in this gem of a book." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Poets find words everywhere. This quiet, gentle tale suggests that evocative language emerges when one opens oneself to commonplace visual, auditory, and tactile experiences all around. Doing so invites rich streams of wonderful words--hence, poetry. Children enjoy toying with language, and this book validates their playful enjoyment of and experiments with wordplay. A fun follow-up to a classroom or library read-aloud could include having children describe familiar objects in imaginative, poetic ways. The simple, endearing gouache illustrations ably suit the narrative. Will empower kids to realize they, too, can be poets." -- Kirkus Reviews