Children’s Book Steeped in Traditions
Book of Poetry for Today’s Kids and the Future of the
Flashlight Press, 2020
Children/Preschool to Elementary Grades
children from about four to eight will be familiar with the
essence of this lovely book by Michelle Lord. They will feel
in their bones a rhythm they already know. They will sense
and expect what is to come—perhaps because they remember
it from an earlier book of nursery rhymes—as they recur
with ever more expectation and power in The Mess That We Made.
They will be surprised at the twists this author brings to
this structure they are already conversant with. And though
the theme is one they hear every day even at their tender
ages, they will feel comfortable with the impression-influenced
illustrations coming from the studio of Julia Blattman.
talents—author, illustrator, and publisher—manage
to put together a tough theme about the state of our planet
and its oceans and a positive future. Yes, it is both a warning
and empowering. Everyone knows we have some control over our
own middens or—in today’s terms—our own
garbage patches. But who could have guessed they would become
the monsters we must fight, and we the heroes we long to become.
who but a publisher dedicated to do right by its promise to
bring an author’s work to life could combine excellent
storytelling using the often-mundane tools of teacher/parent
guides and endpapers and better than this. Adults will want
to turn to backmatter to see what is in store before they
sit down for a reading experience with their child. Or maybe
not. Enjoy the story first. Then dig into the great stuff
at the back of the book you thought you knew but didn’t,
the stuff that will delight your teaching instincts and perhaps
produce the next generation’s environmental scientist.
is an English and accent reduction tutor, an editor, a multi
award-winning writer of fiction, and a marketer of books.
Learn more about her own books and chapbooks of poetry with
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