Hello H2o by John Agard


Hello H2o by John Agard

Full of wonder and excitement at the discoveries of science, this is another highly original collection of poems from one of Britain's leading poets, uniquely complemented by the witty and entertaining illustrations of a much acclaimed children's books illustrator. Certain to be enjoyed by all who have an interest in science and the natural world, this collection is poetry of the highest order. Providing numerous links between literacy and science and therefore ideal for cross-curricular work in the classroom, subjects range from water vapour to the wind, from robots to outer space, from physics to chemistry and biology. Always entertaining, often thought-provoking and sometimes deeply moving, this is a collection to treasure and return to time and again.


Just as inspirational, informative and entertaining as the previous work from this talented author and illustrator... The poet is never afraid to mix, match and juxtapose scientific or personal imagery, and this gives them great warmth and wit and the power to stimulate the reader to think, look, feel and, yes, laugh! The illustrations enhance the poems and are full of detailed references in their own right. They are often fully integrated into the poems on the page, which enriches the anthology and enhances the poetic rhythms and scientific concepts. The book will be particularly useful in schools, both in science lessons and in the literacy hour. This is a truly wonderful anthology, stimulating and thought-provoking, readers will return again and again to these enriching poems. -- School Librarian A quirky, engaging, slightly mutinous collection of poems about science. It is full of experiments with wordplay - and breezily illustrated in Kitamura's stylish black and white. -- The Observer Wonderfully original and packed with wordplays. The poems are fresh, sometimes provocative and always offer something to think about or laugh at. Satoshi Kitamura's illustrations match the mood perfectly. This is a celebration of science and of poetry - a must for both home and school. -- The Bookseller Only Agard could achieve this ... the true Poetsonian linking poetry with every area of life, while retaining the satirical spirit of the Caribbean calypsonian. Kitamura's simple and powerful illustrations are perfectly matched to these lively, loving and humourous poems ... every poem is an inspiration and an invitation to find out more ... Brilliant! -- Books for Keeps Praise for EINSTEIN, THE GIRL WHO HATED MATHS'Hilarious ..will convert even the most reluctant mathematician to the fun to be had with numbers.' - Carousel'Provides rich oportunities for linking maths with literacy ... You can count on [this book] to fascinate, engage and ignite an enthusiastic response to learn more about the magic of maths and the power of poetry.' - TES Teacher This collection of poems on a science theme is beautifully produced and the addition of witty illustrations by an award-winning artist completes the package. Wind, clouds, noble gases and cloned sheep - all add up to a celebration of science and poetry. -- Bookfest 2004 - 2005

About the Author

John Agard

John Agard is a playwright, poet and children's writer from Guyana, who moved to the United Kingdom in 1977. He worked for the Commonwealth Institute from 1978 to 1985, travelling throughout the United Kingdom as a touring reader promoting the Caribbean culture to over 2000 schools. He currently resides in Lewes, near Brighton with his partner, the poet Grace Nichols. He became the first Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre in London and became Poet in Residence at the BBC in London as well. He has won a total of five awards for his works, including the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry in 1997 and the Cholmondeley Award in 2004. John was Poet-in-Residence at the National Maritime Museum from August to November 2008.

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80 pages


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Publication date

14th October 2004



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