Plum by Tony Mitton

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We're proud to "pear" a plum of a poet and a peach of an artist for a book that will be the apple of your eye!

Tony Mitton has been hailed in the U.K. for reviving the tradition of English lyric children's poetry. Now he makes his U.S. collection debut with poems for every mood -- thoughtful, funny, silly, fantastical -- all perfectly accompanied by the wondrous pastels of Mary GrandPre. Together they reveal the story of St. Brigid and the baker ... the mysteries that lie down Green Man Lane ... the pleasure of a special hat ... the joys of the Elegant Elephant Delicatessen and the talents of Mrs. Bhattacharya's Chapati Zap Machine. Like plums and poems, this book holds beauty inside.

About Tony Mitton

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Russell Ayto had a varied career before turning his attention to children's book illustration. He worked as both a postman and a scientific officer. He has illustrated numerous books for children including 'The Witch's Children and the Queen', winner of the Smarties Gold Award, 2003, and 'The Witch's Children Go to School' which won The Funniest Book for Children Aged 6 and Under, a category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, 2008. He lives in Cornwall with his wife and two young children.
Published January 1, 1998 by Scholastic Press. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Beginning with the tangible (the first poem, "Plum," opens, "Don't be so glum, plum./ Don't feel beaten./ You were made to be eaten"), he proceeds to more abstract themes, ending with "Instructions for Growing Poetry" ("Does it please you?/ Does it tease you?/ Does it ask/ to grow and spread?/ No...

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