A Stick Is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer
Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

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A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a New York Times best-selling illustrator.  The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate these universal types of play, from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring and money is tight for many families, here is a book that invites readers to join in the fun of active play with games that cost nothing.

About Marilyn Singer

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Marilyn Singer is the author of more than ninety books for young poeple, including Tallulah's Tutu and Mirror, Mirror. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at www.marilynsinger.net. LeUyen Pham is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many books for children. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California. You can visit her online at www.leuyenpham.com.
Published February 28, 2012 by Clarion Books. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Turning the adage that sticks and stones may break one’s bones on its ear, picture-book titans Singer and Pham team up to entice young readers to go where most Generation Xbox angels fear to tread: outside.

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One poem echoes the rhythm of a jump rope (“In the town/ town/ town/ there are noises all around”), while a girl in a park sees the world turned on its head as she dangles from the monkey bars: “Upside-down houses/ with upside-down stoops./ Upside-down players/ at upside-down hoops.” In a...

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