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Burst Of Firsts Hardcover – May 24 2001

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books Young Rdrs (May 11 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803721080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803721081
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 467 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,987,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Lewis (Good Mousekeeping, reviewed above) trolls the annals of history and trivia for this collection of paeans to subjects as varied as "The Biggest Bubble-Gum Bubble Ever Blown" (23 inches wide) to the "First American Woman in Space." The less sublime accomplishments offer Lewis a target for puns and wordplay, as in this ode to Levi Strauss, "First Person to Create Blue Jeans": "Half the world's been redesigned,/ Sew it seams, on its behind." The witty "First Parachute Wedding" concludes, "From skies above/ They fell in love./ Her wedding vow?/ A simple "Wow!" In a different vein, the highly accomplished "First Person to Break the Color Barrier in Baseball" opens with this description of Jackie Robinson: "Inching along the third-base line,/ the Prince of Easy Afternoons/ would suddenly explode for home/ in the astonished air." On the other hand, a number of entries seem overblown or stale (of an ancient redwood: "A redwood bud began to grow/ And watch the seasons come and go"). Unfortunately, the poems are underserved by Ajhar's (Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning) brittle, cartoonish illustrations. Despite the range of moods in the verses, the artwork reduces everything to caricature, as in portraits that exaggerate the features of Ruby Bridges ("First Child to Integrate an All-White School") and Elvis Presley ("First King of Rock 'n' Roll"), or to silliness, as in Lewis's awe-filled homage to Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, for which the two are portrayed as kangaroos in space suits (one phrase mentions, "They hopped like kangaroos because/ Of gravity"). Even with their whimsicality, the one-note visuals homogenize the collection's quirks and eccentricities. Ages 5-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-A collection of lithe and snappy verses. From the "firsts" of Neil Armstrong and Ruby Bridges to "The Biggest Bubble-Gum Bubble Ever Blown" and the "#1 Lunch Choice of School Kids" (pizza), Lewis celebrates "remarkable and wacky events and endeavors." His tricky rhythms are best read aloud, and exhibit a firm sense of childlike humor. "What first broke the sound barrier?/A Brontosaurus derriere." Some poems are stronger than others, and though some give less information about the subject than their title, they're still fun to read. The poem titled "First Man to Lead the NBA in Scoring for Ten Years: Michael Jordan b. 1963" reads in its entirety: "Michael/Jordan-/Just/An/Ordin-/Ary/Guy/In/The/Sky." The poet's fancy footwork here is as accomplished and apparently easy as Fred Astaire's, and Ajhar's appealing mixed-media illustrations keep right in step with Lewis's energetic and colorful humor and draw readers in. Kids will appreciate the eclectic mix of achievements gathered here. Perhaps this unusual collection works so well because it shows kids how a "simple" poem can celebrate a great achievement-and that it is part of the poet's achievement to make it seem great.
Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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May 24, 2001
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Rodney Tate
5.0 out of 5 starsBuy it for an education, love it for the illustrations!
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