From award-winning poet Lynn Davies comes her first collection for children. And there's a twist: each of the poems in So Imagine Me has a secret.
The lyrical and playful text describes something from nature—flora or fauna or another phenomenon—that's also hiding in the illustrations. Readers will puzzle over the words and pore over the detailed illustrations looking for clues. Some of the riddles might be easy, and some are definitely tricky. All of them will delight, entertain, and challenge, leaving readers of all ages with new facts to share and an urge to get out into nature to discover more mysteries.
Lynn Davies is the author of three books of poetry. Her poems have been broadcast on CBC, translated into French and Spanish, and nominated for a Governor General's Award. Her stories and poems for children have appeared in many anthologies. She is the proud mother of two grown children, Josie-May and Patrick, and lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with her partner, Dave Macfarlane. So Imagine Me is her first book for children. Visit her at lynndavies.ca.
Chrissie Park-MacNeil is a self-taught artist who grew up in Gillams in rural Newfoundland. She and her family have been living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, for over twenty years. Her realistic, often whimsical paintings reach into the playful and childlike, with the intention of adding a bit of light and beauty to people's lives. This is Chrissie's third children's book.
"This book is a wonderful challenge for young readers. Each of Davies's lyrical nature poems poses a riddle that offers clues both in the poems themselves as well as in Park-MacNeil's vibrant illustrations. What is particularly powerful is the way that Davies uses poetry to make readers think about the different ways we talk about the natural world. Some of the poems are definitely challenging, but this is a book the whole family can enjoy." —Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON)