Call Me Marianne by Jen Bryant

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"Are you a scientist?" I ask.

Marianne stops writing and looks up. "No, I'm not a scientist -- I'm a poet."

"Oh," I reply. I've never met a poet before. "What, exactly, does a poet do?" I ask her.

"For me, being a poet begins with watching."


On a trip to the zoo, young Jonathan returns a lost hat to Marianne, a woman who wears all black and scribbles notes in a little book. When Marianne invites him to tour the zoo with her, Jonathan makes a new friend and learns that he too can write poetry.

With lighthearted illustrations and a poetically told story, this picture book about poet Marianne Moore offers readers a glimpse of the writing process and encourages them to become writers too.
 

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Published January 1, 2006 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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standing side by side in the reptile house, they introduce themselves: “My name is Miss Moore, but you can call me Marianne.” And later: “No, I’m not a scientist—I’m a poet.” Unsure just what a “poet” does, Jonathan accompanies her around the zoo as she explains how she puts down thoughts and obs...

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