A Mirror to Nature by Jane Yolen
Poems About Reflection

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Jane Yolen and Jason Stemple join forces again in this new winning combination of poems and photos. Water possesses reflective qualities, creating fascinating patterns and doubled images that allow us to see things in new ways. Celebrated writer Jane Yolen and photographer Jason Stemple capture these natural beauties in twelve thoughtful poems and breathtaking pictures. Watery reflections provide an appropriate backdrop for Jane's musings on nature, such as a raccoon swimming with his reflected self, the water-jagged legs of a snowy egret, and the double danger of a hungry alligator at the edge of a swamp. Jason's photographs offer whimsical peeks at the natural world we rarely chance to see. This artistic collaboration gives readers a unique opportunity to contemplate their world.
 

About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolenhas received numerous awards for her writing, including the Regina Medal, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, and the Christopher Medal. Her books have been translated into more than twelve languages.. She lives in St. Andrews, Scotland and Hatfield, Massachusetts.Jason Stempleis a freelance photographer. He has provided the photographs for a number of poetry books for young readers, including Fine Feathered Friends and Wild Wings, both written by his mother, Jane Yolen. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. In 2011 she was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Jason Stemple is free-lance photographer who provided the photographs forA Mirror to Natureby Jane Yolen, winner of the John Burroughs Young Readers Award and forWild Thingsby Jane Yolen, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. He was recently named an Artist in Residence at the Everglades National Park in Florida. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
 
Published April 1, 2009 by Wordsong. 31 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A note from the author encourages readers to let the photographs and poems be a cause for reflection, but the intended fun of the poems is, at times, undercut by the forced whimsy: “This perplexing little frog / Has popped up on a thrown-out bottle.

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Some stories are unnerving, like ""Daughter, My Little Bread,"" an Indian tale about a newlywed who kills her mother and then is killed by her husband, while the Lebanese tale of self-sacrifice, ""The Mother,"" is heart-warming in the best sense.

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Check the wood storks by the grass.” In “Jaws x 2 x 80,” an alligator's jaws are seen twice, “One pair/ is real,/ and one/ a reflection./ But I'll never/ give either/ a closer/ inspection.” The book's design—poem across from photograph, with bands of solid color along opposing edges—mimics the ph...

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A Patchwork of Books

He signed more than 150 cd-covers both as illustrator and photograph, amid them: Toad The Wet Sprocket , Cemetary , The Clinton Administration, The Watchmen, Matt Molloy, Klaus Schulze, Steve Morse, Skynni Puppy, Fla, Machine Head, James Murphy, Alice Cooper , Bill Bruford Earthworks , Fear Facto...

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An introduction note from the author encourages readers to use reflection to “think about things in a new way, see it fresh.” The photos show animals, such as a wolf, alligator, and snail with their reflections in bodies of water.

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