Our offering for Poetry Friday today is tied-in with our bimonthly theme, Crazy Over Cybils. Water Sings Blue, written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Meilo So, made it to the top 5 2012 Cybils Finalists for the poetry category. I’m happy to share with you samples from the book. Poetry Friday is hosted today by Violet Nesdoly from Violet Nesdoly / poems.
Poems by: Kate Coombs
Illustrated by: Meilo So
Published by: Chronicle Books
Genre: Poetry, picture book
Hardcover: 36 pages
Own copy of the book. All book photos by me. Poem samples edited through iPhone 4.
I was delighted to find out that Kate Coombs, author of The Secret-Keeper, grew up in Southern California. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems is Kate Coombs’ first poetry collection. It is a beautiful and lyrical tribute to the ocean, with topics ranging from blue whale to driftwood, and from the deep waters to the surface. The short, playful verses are fun to read. These ocean poems are complemented by illustrations by Meilo So, done in gorgeous watercolor from the jacket illustration to the last page of the book. It made me want to drive to the nearest beach and run wild towards the water. In this book, blue is the color of happiness, and it is a dazzling and brilliant read.
Here are sample pages from this luscious book:
And here are our Poetry Friday offerings, the first of which is my favorite: