The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog: And Other How-To Poems

by Paul B. Janeczko and Richard Jones

Thirty-three poems by various writers offer advice to young readers for doing such... read more

Thirty-three poems by various writers offer advice to young readers for doing such things as toasting marshmallows, walking on Mars, and being a snowflake. The range of subjects covered by these short, child–friendly poems is impressive. Some are light and humorous, while others are more thought- provoking. Although we wish the selection of poets was more culturally diverse, the inclusion of two poems related to disabilities is notable, and the illustrations compensate for the lack of poets of color and Native writers by depicting a diverse cast of child characters throughout. The spare illustrations also leave room for the child’s imagination to interpret the meaning of the poems. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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