Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Hailstones and Halibut Bones : Adventures in Colour

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"Long-time readers of Hailstones and Halibut Bones who thought it was beyond improving are in for a treat. John Wallner's brilliant colors have added new richness to Mary O'Neill's wonderful word palette." -- Jim Trelease, Reading Tree Productions."Originally published in 1961, this book of poetry has become a classic in the field of children's literature... For each color, there is the sound, the feel, the taste, the smell, and the relationship of that color to another." -- Ohioana Quarterly.A Child Study Children's Book Committee: Children's Book of the Year.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 61 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 10.16mm | 544.31g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Colour illustrations
  • 0385244843
  • 9780385244848
  • 623,577

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Since it's original publication in 1961, Hailstones and Halibut Bones, Mary O'Neill's renowned work of poetry about the colors of the spectrum, has become modern children's classic. This new edition, which features lavish illustrations and a fresh design, is sure to be welcomed not only by children, parents, educators, and librarians who already know and love the book, but also by a whole new generation of readers. Mary O'Neill's imaginative poems have been left in tact with all the powerful rhythm and rich language of the original. And the award-winning, critically acclaimed artist John Wallner has captured the essence of the poems with striking and colorful images.show more

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"An exploration in imaginative, evocative verses of the world of color and its relationship to the other senses." --"The New York Times Book Review", "Ten Distinguished Juveniles of 1961" "Has inspired young poets all over the country." "--Publishers Weekly"show more

About Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer. She began her careeras an advertising copywriter, and after becoming a partner in her own agency, she moved to New York. There she divided her time, as author and housewife, and she started to write children's books for Doubleday, of which "Hailstones and Halibut Bones" is the most famous. John Wallner is the award-winninf illustrator of more than thirty books for children. His many awards and honors include several ALA Notables, the Certificate of Excellence from the American Institute of Graphic Excellence(1080), and the American Writers award for best illustrator (1977).show more

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795 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 56% (449)
4 24% (188)
3 15% (123)
2 3% (22)
1 2% (13)
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