This Is a Poem That Heals Fish

by Jean-Pierre Simeon and Olivier Tallec

Arthur’s fish is going to die and he needs an immediate cure. “Leon is... read more

Arthur’s fish is going to die and he needs an immediate cure. “Leon is going to die of boredom!” he cries to his mother. Taking a deep look at her son and his fish, she smiles and prescribes a poem. “A poem!?” Arthur wonders. Not knowing what a poem is or how to find one, he searches in the cupboards and under the bed. Lolo at the bicycle shop offers this explanation, “A poem, Arthur, is when you are in love and the sky is in your mouth.” Still confused, Arthur presses on. He asks the baker, his neighbor, his pet canary, and his grandma. All offer lyrical sentiments, but none that make sense to Arthur. Not until Arthur speaks to Leon from his heart does he realize what a poem is in a quiet, lyrical, lovely picture book. (Ages 6–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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