From Daybreak to Good Night by Carl Sandburg
Poems for Children

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These enduring poems by American master poet Carl Sandburg are perfect for a young audience, and now they have been newly illustrated with bright, colorful double-page artwork. The poems and illustrations work together, following a group of children through a day of enjoying and participating in Sandburg's poetry, observing nature, solving riddles and playing. Young readers will respond to the pastoral themes.

Sandburg lived the last twenty-two years of his life on a farm called Connemara in North Carolina, with his three daughters, Margaret, Janet, and Helga, and his wife, Paula Steichen, who raised champion goats. Sandburg described Connemara as "240 acres and a million acres of sky" and would often take walks in the surrounding woods. The birds, animals, and natural world that surrounded him at the farm resonate throughout these poems.

A prior knowledge and love of poetry are not required to appreciate the wit and insight of Sandburg's work - though a love of poetry may well result!

Poems: Daybreak Fog Bluebird, What Do You Feed On? Milk-White Moon, Put the Cows to Sleep Spring Try Being a Goat White Wings Bug Spots Sleep Face Good Night Three Riddles: If You Ask Your Mother There Was a Zebra There Are 10 Apples

We have also included two of Sandburg's favorite poems: Bee! I'm expecting you!
by Emily Dickinson The Horse Named Bill,
Lyrics by Red Lewis

 

About Carl Sandburg

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CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, first in 1940 for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and again in 1951 for Complete Poems. Before becoming known as a poet, he worked as a milkman, an ice harvester, a dishwasher, a salesman, a fireman, and a journalist. Among his classics are the Rootabaga Stories, which he wrote for his young daughters at the beginning of his long and distinguished literary career. Author and poet Carl Sandburg was born in 1878. He worked many jobs before becoming a writer: delivering milk, laying bricks, threshing wheat, and shining shoes. After marrying in 1908, he moved to Illinois and took up journalism as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News. Rootabaga Stories (1922) was his first book for children. During his career Sandburg won two Pulitzer Prizes: in 1940 for Abraham Lincoln: The War Years and in 1951 for his Complete Poems. Sandburg died at his home in North Carolina in 1967.Lynn Smith-Ary has worked as an artist and animation filmmaker for over thirty years. Her films have won many awards, including a Genie for Pearl's Diner and first prizes in Columbus, Ohio, and Bombay for Sandburg's Arithmetic. This film, based on the poem Arithmetic by Carl Sandburg, reflects Lynn's long-standing admiration for this great poet's writing. Lynn resides in Montreal.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by Firefly. 24 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Smith-Ary makes this skimpy but thoughtful introduction to Sandburg’s poetry a personal one, both by folding in two poems by other poets, and by illustrating the selections with scenes of the white-haired Sandburg happily entertaining a visiting group of children—plus an occasional zebra—on the N...

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Conceived as a kind of literary field trip to Carl Sandburg's North Carolina farm, From Daybreak to Good Night: Poems for Children, edited by Lynn Smith-Ary, places 11 of the poet's works in a past

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