From celebrated children's poet and author Sheree Fitch and early childhood educator and researcher Anne Hunt comes this illustrated compendium of Atlantic Canadian poetry and verse for young readers. Spanning centuries of work, from Milton Acorn to Kathleen Winter, and a broad thematic scope--from soft lullabies to silly, jiggly lyrics, poignant meditations on nature, loss, and love--over 100 poems from the region's best are sure to delight educators, parents, and young readers everywhere. With brilliant spot illustrations from acclaimed New Brunswick artist Lloyd Fitzgerald, Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things is a feast for all senses.
Sheree Fitch’s first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a “kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.” Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian children’s literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy As It Flies (2008). Fitch's home base is the East Coast of Canada. Visit her at: shereefitch.com
"Named after Sir Charles G. D. Roberts poem "Sleepy Man," Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things is a curated collection of children's poetry and verse from Atlantic Canada weaved together by the brilliant minds of Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt. This collection, which holds the likes of Milton Acorn, George Elliott Clarke and L. M. Montgomery, boasts over 100 poems, each offering something magical." —Canadian Review of Materials (Winnipeg, MB)
"A smart, compact, versatile collection, wrapped in a delightful, appealingly designed package.... It's an essential addition to public children's libraries and a worthwhile extension to school and classroom libraries." —Resource Links (Pouch Cove, NL)