Groundwood Books

Climbing Shadows

Poems for Children

Illustrated by Cindy Derby • Written by Shannon Bramer

For readers 6 years old | Published March 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773060958

Cover of Climbing Shadows

Regular price $18.95 CAD

44 pages | 9.75 in × 8.125 in
Print Format

About this book

Climbing Shadows

Poems for Children

Cindy Derby • Shannon Bramer

The poems in Climbing Shadows were inspired by a class of kindergarten children whom poet and playwright Shannon Bramer came to know over the course of a school year. She set out to write a poem for each child, sharing her love of poetry with them, and made an anthology of the poems for Valentine’s Day.

This original collection reflects the children’s joys and sorrows, worries and fears, moods and sense of humor. Some poems address common themes such as having a hard day at school, feeling shy or being a newcomer, while others explore subjects of fascination — bats, spiders, skeletons, octopuses, polka dots, racing cars and birthday parties. Evident throughout the book is a love of words and language and the idea that there are all kinds of poems and that they are for everyone — to read or write.

Cindy Derby’s dreamy watercolor illustrations gently complement each poem. Beautiful, thoughtful, sensitive and funny, this is an exceptional collection.

About the Creators

Cindy Derby

Cindy Derby is an author, illustrator and puppeteer. She has been a Grand Prize Winner of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Portfolio Award, and she has also been commissioned to create two original puppetry performances for festivals in the US and Scotland. Cindy’s debut picture book How to Walk an Ant will be published in 2019. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Shannon Bramer

Shannon Bramer is an author of poems, plays and short fiction. She has published a number of poetry collections and chapbooks, winning the Hamilton and Region Best Book Award for suitcases and other poems. Her most recent collection, Precious Energy, has also been highly acclaimed. Shannon’s plays include Chloe’s Tiny Heart Is Closed (for young audiences) and The Hungriest Woman in the World. She lives with her family in Toronto.

Awards and Praise

Praise for Precious Energy by Shannon Bramer:

“Bramer’s elegant lines crackle with real verve.” —Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press “These poems are deadly serious and wildly whimsical, deeply domestic and linguistically fancy-free. They shine with a pathos so bright it gleams. I raced through the book and started again at the beginning. Highly recommended for poetry lovers and all human beings.” —Alison Pick, Open Book’s “Best of 2017”

Praise for The Refrigerator Memory by Shannon Bramer:

“Bramer proves that any subject, if handled skillfully, can be made into compelling poetry. She does this by balancing personal conviction and strong feeling with artistic precision and distance.” Quill and Quire

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