Make sure that your heart
Isn't too well-defended.
Your heart is designed
To be broken and mended.
--- ?The Heart?
These quietly beautiful and surprisingly humorous four-line poems reveal the many aspects of first love --- the longing, the frustration and the joy. The poet writes not from a single point of view but instead embraces the duality of first love, alternating between the perspectives of a boy and a girl. The poems and revealing illustrations by Julie Morstad combine to inspire young readers to think ... and think again.
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JonArno Lawson lives in Toronto with his wife and children. In addition to Think Again, he is the author of several other books of poetry for children and adults, and has twice won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.
Award-winning artist Julie Morstad has illustrated a number of picture books, including Think Again. She lives in Vancouver.From Booklist:
“Why are half-remembered things / The hardest to forget?” So concludes one of the 48 poems in this humble and poignant collection, and it serves as a summation of the theme: the vague but powerful recollections of a first love. This sense of story comes almost exclusively through Morstad’s wistful line art—an adolescent girl and boy, both in bathing suits, slowly come together on the page alongside poems about self-discovery and feelings, before drifting apart once again. Lawson’s poetry occasionally feels jejune alongside the ennui and longing of the drawings, but for the most part, it’s a fine, fidgety ode to uncertainty and discontent: “I don’t feel free, / And things are such I want to see, / but not to touch. To be / But not to be / Too much.” Lawson’s most specific poem, “My Dad,” is probably his best: “The briefest summing up suffices: / Gave himself up to his vices / Lives on beer and pizza slices.” An ideal book for wandering, wondering romantics. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus
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