Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mr. Posey’s New Glasses by former poet laureate Ted Kooser [Review & Giveaway - USA/CANADA]

This children's book takes "looking through rose colored lenses" to a whole new level.

Hardcover - Ages 6-9, Gr. 1-4
ISBN: 9780763696092
$16.99 Candlewick Press


My thoughts:  As I read through this delightful story I was entranced with the flow and beauty of the story-telling. Surely this was on a different plane than the usual children's book. Not overly complicated and not dumbed-down. Simply beautifully told with a flow and cadence that captured the heart of this senior citizen.

I think that this sweet story will engender generational respect and especially endear older folks in their loneliness and limitations to the hearts of impressionable young children.

So Mr. Posey decides his glasses are limiting his ability to see beyond the sameness of everything he faces day in and day out. Will a new pair of glasses create a break with the "sameness" of a humdrum life? No. But the author breaks out a variety of glasses that open up new vistas. Bright, shinny, different, scary differences. And Mr. Posey's little friend, Andy, sees the new worlds through the new and different glasses also.

But the end of the sameness of the humdrum life isn't changed by these glasses. No, there is a different solution.

Love this book! Love the story telling. Love the illustrations. Love the generational companionship. I highly recommend.

About the book: In a charming tale of an elderly man and his obliging young friend, former poet laureate Ted Kooser and newcomer Daniel Duncan invite us to look at the world with fresh eyes.

Mr. Posey is feeling gloomy. Everything seems dull. Maybe he needs new glasses? Perhaps a trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop with his energetic young neighbor, Andy, will help. But when the duo try on the glasses in the shop’s barrel, they’re in for a big surprise. One pair with stars for frames shows only constellations in a night sky. Round frames reveal a world all aswirl, while a heart-shaped pair makes everything pink. And as soon as Mr. Posey puts on the cat-eye framed glasses, fierce dogs start chasing him. No, thank you! But when Andy makes a simple observation, Mr. Posey’s view opens to a whole new world — and finally everything is brighter, different, and exciting.


GIVEAWAY
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a Rafflecopter giveaway Author Ted Kooser was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems Delights & Shadows. He is the author of more than a dozen full-length volumes of poetry and several books of nonfiction, and his work has appeared in many periodicals. His picture books include Bag in the Wind and The Bell in the Bridge, both illustrated by Barry Root, and House Held Up by Trees, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Ted Kooser lives in Garland, Nebraska.

Illustrator Daniel Duncan is the author-illustrator of South. Mr. Posey’s New Glasses is his first book with Candlewick Press. He lives outside London.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Winners' prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher.

13 comments:

  1. tedkooser.net/poems.shtml:

    "1 thing you discover that is good to know." The author is a professor at the University of Nebraska.

    "2 Read something from the POEMS on this page and leave a comment below my review." Good lines from "Carrie": "Now dust is her hands and dust her heart.
    There's never an end to it."

    Candlewick Press:

    "One other book you would like to have." "Hummingbird" by Nicola Davies and Jane Ray.

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  2. 1. It is good to know he worked for many years in the life insurance business. A poet can soar in any profession.

    2. I enjoyed the imagery in the poem Screech Owl.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Another book from Candlewick Press that would be nice to have would be: Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!

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  4. I would also like to have their book Sea Glass Summer.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. I would like to have Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Robert Byrd.

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  6. Ted Kooser is the author of twelve full-length collections of poetry

    There's never an end to dust and dusting

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  7. The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature

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  8. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE GOOD SON.

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  9. 1. I like that the author has published a mix of nonfiction, poetry, & children's books.
    2. I like his poem "Tattoo."

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  10. I would like to have I Want My Hat Back.

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  11. 1. I discovered that he is the editor of a weekly newspaper column.

    2. I loved the poem Flying at Night. It is so fascinating!

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  12. I would love to have the book Journey.

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  13. I would like the book Queen of the Sea
    author/illustrator: Dylan Meconis

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