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Days Like This: A Collection of Small Poems

Days Like This: A Collection of Small Poems

Illustrator:  Simon James 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
Candlewick Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-0763623142

Childhood is full of small adventures of all kinds, and this collection of poems by Simon James, Charlotte Zolotow, Ogden Nash and others, is a tribute to those adventures, to those little moments that come together to fill up a child's days.

For example there is that ramble that three little children take with their dad when they have to walk "across on stepping stones" to cross a river. There is the family picnic on the beach, and the little boy remembers how they didn't wear any hats or shoes or socks, and that he dropped his jelly sandwich in the sand. And there is a boy talking about his first day at school, which was so uninspiring that he says that "I don't think I'll do back."

In this collection, Simon James has truly captured the essence of happy childhood times,with his funny, sweet, and evocative watercolor and ink illustrations. He shows children in happy moments, quiet moments, thoughtful moments, loving moments, and so much more. This is truly a collection for readers of all ages, a collection that will continue to have meaning even as the readers grow up and move on.