Footprints on the Roof by Marilyn Singer
Poems About the Earth

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This provocative collection of poems ranges from such lofty subjects as an astronaut’s view of Earth to the burrows of worms and little creatures within the earth, “where I try to tread softly: a quiet giant leaving only footprints on the roof.” Marilyn Singer’s lilting free verse offers visual images that give us fresh new insights and respect for the mighty power of volcanoes, fens, islands, deserts, dunes, and natural disasters. Singer’s easily accessible poems also include some of the lighter moments of childhood, such as sliding on ice and playing in mud. Meilo So’s distinctive india ink drawings on rice paper provide an especially handsome showcase for these buoyant nature poems.

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About Marilyn Singer

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Marilyn Singer is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including Monster Museum and Turtle in July, an NCTE Notable Book and a Reading Rainbow Selection.Meilo So is the award-winning illustrator of The 20th-Century Children’s Poetry Treasury, The Beauty of the Beast, Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, and It’s Simple, Said Simon.
Published December 25, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meilo So's illustrations, rendered in India ink on rice paper, evoke the serene quality of Japanese silkscreen.

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