[nobe-l] NBP-Announce: Kids: Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Tony Grima agrima at nbp.org
Wed Mar 10 10:29:45 UTC 2010

March 2010 Book Club Selection
Hailstones and Halibut Bones
by Mary O'Neill
Print/braille edition, $9.95
In contracted braille.
Ages 8-13

"I was surprised and flattered then, and continue to be, by the large
audience - including the blind - who still write to me."
- Author Mary O'Neill

"Hailstones and Halibut Bones" is a unique book about colors that can be
heard, touched, and smelled. Originally published in 1961, it has become
a classic, at twice the length of most children's books.

O'Neill explores 12 different colors in 12 poems. Each series of poems
relates to a color, "What Is Green," "What Is Gold... Red... Blue," and
so forth.

	Blue is a heron, a sapphire ring,
	You can smell blue in many a thing:
	Gentian and larkspur, Forget-me-nots, too.
	And if you listen, you can hear blue
	In wind over water....

"After more than twenty-five years, the poems, like colors, still sing.
Kudos to Doubleday for letting Hailstones continue to live."
- School Library Journal

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