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So Imagine Me

Nature Riddles in Poetry

by (author) Lynn Davies

illustrated by Chrissie Park-MacNeil

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Jul 2020
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2020
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    Jul 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4


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.

About the authors

Lynn Davies’s remarkable debut collection, The Bridge that Carries the Road, was a finalist for both the 1999 Governor General’s Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio and have appeared in magazines such as The Fiddlehead and The Malahat Review and in anthologies such as Why I Sing The Blues, An Orange from Portugal, Listening With The Ear Of The Heart, Coastlines, and New Canadian Poetry. Originally from Moncton, NB, she lived in Dartmouth, NS, for more than a decade, where she obtained a BA in Honours English from the University of King’s College. An alumnus of both the Banff Writers’ Studio and St. Peter’s College in Saskatchewan, Lynn Davies now resides near Fredericton.

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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.

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Excerpt: So Imagine Me: Nature Riddles in Poetry (by (author) Lynn Davies; illustrated by Chrissie Park-MacNeil)

Which Way
You'll find me north
but snow never falls
on me. You've given
me many names.
For hundreds of years you've looked up
to my seven suns.

Only a giantess
with eyes like moons
and comets in her hair
could grab my long
handle and drink
from me. But what
my cup holds is
anybody's guess.

What am I?

Editorial Reviews

"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)

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