Knock on Wood by Janet S. Wong
Poems About Superstitions

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What superstitions do you follow?
In this collection of original poems, accomplished poet Janet S. Wong explores seventeen superstitions, some common, others that are less known, and delves into their origins as well as their lore. Rich, full-color illustrations by Julie Paschkis enhance each poem.
The result from this award-winning team is sure to intrigue young readers and make them think again about things they often do, like opening an umbrella, walking under a ladder, or putting on a hat!

About Janet S. Wong

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Janet S. Wong is the author of more than a dozen picture books and poetry collections. Her work includes Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions, both illustrated by Julie Paschkis, as well as Grump, a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Book, illustrated by John Wallace. Janet lives with her family in Medina, Washington. Julie Paschkis is the illustrator of several award-winning books, including Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams by Janet S. Wong, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Happy Adoption Day! by John McCutcheon; and Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert. She lives in Seattle Washington. Visit Julie's Web site at
Published September 1, 2003 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In 17 short poems, alphabetically arranged, Wong ruminates lightheartedly on superstitions both common and less well-known, from that ominous black cat or the supposed effects of garlic—“All you bloodsuckers / this is your last chance: / I am one bite / away— / from a hunk / of Mother’s famous ga...

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A few poems may require reading the explanation of the superstition first, but the best dig into the spirit of the superstitions, as in ""Umbrellas"": ""The ghost of my grandfather came by for an apple/ and a cup of coffee, once./ If I knew he would come to visit again,/ I would open both our...

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