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Kiyoshi’s Walk

(2021 Lee & Low)
Illustrated by Nicole Wong

Where do poems come from? A young aspiring poet and his grandfather show that the answer lies all around us—if we take the time to look.

“A beautiful book on making art out of observations. Whether employed to invite children and adults into writing or as a nurturing read-aloud, this is recommended for all collections.”
—School Library Journal, starred review.

“. . . .unleashes the power of poetry. Kiyoshi discovers how to use his senses, his power of observation, and his imagination. Sensory language models the vitality and precision of creative writing. The artwork is soft, warm and captivating. See, hear, touch, taste, smell. . . and imagine poetry all around you.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

“By writing to all the senses, Karlins places readers right alongside Kiyoshi on his walk.Wong’s illustrations bring us in even deeper, progressing from simple portraits of the home to streets of city neighborhoods to stunning nighttime scenes by an illuminated river. The caring relationship between grandfather and grandson is the glue that holds the story together.”

“Like Karlins’s text, Wong’s digital illustrations are delicate and precise. This warm, loving picture book might just inspire a poetry walk.”
—The Horn Book

Kiyoshi’s Walk is an excellent book for exploring poetry in the classroom and at home. An author’s note and a Reader’s Guide describe haiku and other forms of poetry as both individual and group activities, and offer enjoyable suggestions.

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