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Kristine O'Connell George
Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems
Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems
Her arrival, swift and flitting, was a surprise. She came to set up house—right on our patio!

That nother hummingbird crafted a nest, laid her eggs, and waited for her babies. We watched it all—hatching, growing up, flying lessons. And we kept a journal of peoms so we would always remember that remarkable spring. This is our journal. But it's their story—our hummingbird family.
--Harcourt April 2004
[Includes hummingbird facts]
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Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems (2002) "Where do I fit?/Nothing is clear./Can already tell/this will be/a jigsaw year."

Kristine O'Connell George was the recipient of the 1998 International Reading Association's Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award--an international award presented every three years to a new poet. George has served as a poetry consultant for PBS' Storytime television program, teaches creative writing and poetry workshops, conducts teacher in-services, and speaks at conferences on poetry and innovative ways to use poetry in the classroom. She will be teaching a course on writing children's poetry for the UCLA Writer's Program in Fall, 99.

Ms. George has lived in Colorado, Idaho, Ohio, Oregon and Texas. Currently she lives in a rural area about an hour's drive outside of Los Angeles where she often finds inspiration for her poetry in her own backyard--the owl in the 300-year-old native oak, packs of coyotes, quail, deer, the peacocks next door and the frog who lives on the front porch.

You can learn more by visiting her website where she features RealAudio readings from her books, poetry teaching ideas, tips for young writers, and ideas for celebrating National Poetry Month.


BOOK! (ages 2-4)
I like the way you open.
I can turn your pages by myself.
I like the way you close.
I can put you on my shelf.

Books can be for silly times or quiet, for reading alone or sharing . . . but always to enjoy. A small child discovers their magic for the very first time.
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Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems

Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems (2011)

Emma is Jess's little sister . . . and her dilemma. How can one small girl be sweet, funny, imaginative, playful, and affectionate as well as a clinging vine, brat, tattletale, and nuisance–all at the same time? Why is Jess supposed to be a good big sister while Emma doesn't have to be a good little sister? The highlights and low points of this sibling relationship are insightfully evoked in short and simple poems, some funny, some touching, and all resonant with emotional truth. Every child with a younger sibling will recognize Jess's dilemma and the combination of ambivalence and deep loyalty that is built into the sibling relationship.
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Little Dog Poems (1999)

"A charming way to introduce little ones to the form and feeling that mark poetry." Booklist

"It's the author's true understanding of canine behavior and her insight into the happy relationship between dog and child that particularly distinguish this book. Otani's pen-and-watercolor illustrations make a fine complement to the verse, characterizing the pair as curious and alert as well as affectionate." Horn Book J.R.L.

The Great Frog Race and Other Poems (1997) received starred reviews in Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal.

· 1998 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
· NCTE Notable Book in the Language Arts
· School Library Journal Best Book
· American Booksellers Pick of the Lists
· Critic's Choice U.S. News and World Report
· Society of Illustrators Original Art Show

Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems (1998)

· American Library Association Booklist 1999 Editor's Choice
· Starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal
· New York Public Library 1998 "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"
· Chicago Public Library 1998 "Best of the Best"
· Feature article Creative Classroom Magazine March, 1999
· Junior Library Guild