Sky Words by Marilyn Singer

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Fifteen evocative poems convey the wonders of the sky and weather, from the vivid image of fireworks against a cold winter sky, to flocks of migrating monarch butterflies, to an approaching storm.
 

About Marilyn Singer

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Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx, New York, on October 3, 1948, and lived most of her early life in North Massapequa on Long Island. She attended Queens College, City University of New York as an English major and education student, and for her junior year, attended Reading University, in England. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Queens and a MA in Communications from New York University. Marilyn Singer had been teaching English in New York City high schools for several years when she began writing in 1974. Initially, she wrote film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides and filmstrips. She also began looking into magazine writing. Her article proposals were not very successful, but she did manage to have some of her poetry published. Then one day she penned a story featuring talking insects she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories and in 1976 her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published. Since then, Marilyn has published more than 50 books for children and young adults. In addition to a rich collection of fiction picture books, Singer has also produced a wide variety of nonfiction works for young readers as well as several poetry volumes in picture book format. Additionally, Singer has edited volumes of short stories for young adult readers, including Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls and I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion. Born in 1940 in Philadelphia, PA, author and illustrator Deborah Kogan Ray studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She is the author of eight books and the illustrator of more than 60 books for children. Among her many awards are the Drexel Citation for Career Distinction in the Field of Books for Children and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Award for Painting. Her paintings and prints of landscape and nature subjects have been shown in 42 one-person and hundreds of group exhibitions in museums and galleries. They are in private and public collections throughout the world.
 
Published March 1, 1994 by Atheneum.
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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or, ``Fog'': ``The fog is/a river with no direction/a dream with no doors...'' Ray's mixed-media illustrations range from jagged slashes that convey the fair's perpetual motion and garish lights to the subtlest of washes for ``Fog'' and myriad shades of gray for ``Twilight.'' A good collection fo...

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/ when the world fades like a photo / left lying in a drawer.'' In fog, ``The sky is a liar / The ground is a sneak / All footsteps belong to strangers / even your own.'' Ray's ( Maggie's Whopper ) varied illustrations occupy about three-quarters of each spread, spilling across the gutter;

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