Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature
by Heidi Mordhorst
illustrated by Jenny Reynish
Wordsong (Boyds Mill)
1590786203 / 9781590786208
This collection of 23 poems is extraordinary. In them, Heidi Mordhorst cycles through the year's seasons, inviting children to see nature in surprising new ways. She does it with unique word combinations that will bring a smile to your lips and a nod of of recognition--"Sunflowers are like that, aren't they?" The illustrations are also active and fresh.
My favorite poem from the collection ...
Quiet down, flower—
Not so loud!
All this stretching your neck
And spreading your arms
Bellowing your brassy yellow sass—
You’re breaking our eyedrums
Trumpeting all that color and sun
Blowing that blazing yellow jazz. . . .
Belt it out, flower—
We’ll join in!
(Sunflower picture was taken from a clipart program, not from the book.)