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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Poems the Wind Blew In
by Karmelo C. Iribarren
Age Range: 9-11
This charming book of poems by best-selling Spanish poet Karmelo C. Iribarren will reveal the magic in everyday things – a summer afternoon, a morning in the park or an ordinary day – “The wind is the fastest reader of newspapers in the world.” Perhaps it’ll take you for a ride on the Metro or explore things that happen in the sky. There are an eclectic array of poems that include books; time; bicycles, smoke, storms, things of love and sadness.
These short poems, Iribarren’s first book of poems for children, are beautifully evocative, deftly translated from Spanish to English by Lawrence Schimel and accompanied by black and white illustrations by hats filled with thoughts or a plastic bag dreaming of becoming a cloud? Poems the Wind Blew In are an ideal introduction to poetry for young readers that will allow their imagination to soar as they look at the world around.
At the back of the book ‘Bonus Bits’ includes some specially-created bonus content: ‘Write Your Own Poems’, an interview with the translator; ‘Learn Some Spanish’ and biographies of the author, translator and illustrator.