Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Hailstones and Halibut Bones

by Mary O'Neill, John Wallner


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Beloved by critics and readers alike for nearly 60 years, Mary O’Neill’s timeless children’s book of poetry is a tribute to the many beautiful colors we see around us, and is considered a modern children’s classic. Featuring twelve beautiful poems, and deeply luminous illustrations, Hailstones and Halibut Bones is a perfect poetry addition to any home or classroom library.
“An exploration in imaginative, evocative verses of the world of color and its relationship to the other senses.”
The New York Times Book Review (A Top Ten Distinguished Juvenile Book)
“Has inspired young poets all over the country.”
Publishers Weekly
“John Wallner has added rich drawings for this new edition, full of intense yellows, blues, orchids, and oranges. They complement O’Neill’s whimsical poems.”
“After more than twenty-five years, the poems, like colors, still sing . . . Kudos to Doubleday for letting Hailstones and Halibut Bones continue to live.”
School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385410786
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 58,750
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

MARY O'NEILL knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer. She began her career as an advertising copywriter and after becoming a partner in her own agency, she moved to New York. There she started to write children's books for Doubleday, of which Hailstones and Halibut Bones is the most famous.

JOHN WALLNER is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty books for children. His many awards and honors include several ALA Notables, the Certificate of Excellence from the American Institute of Graphic Excellence(1080), and the American Writers award for best illustrator (1977).

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Hailstones and Halibut Bones 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
rebecca401 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One poem for each color. A great book for creating individual formula poems afterwards.
bsturdevant06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PrimaryThis is a good example of poetry. It is a collection of poems that describe the colors. They are individual poems brought together at the beginning and end by a book end poem. These poems have amazing rhythm. Media: water color
MaggiRayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just fell in love with this book!
laurieleewalsh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book via a lesson that I'm adapting as part of our poetry unit; it's a great collection of color poems with some really good imagery. There several poems, each about one color. The illustrations are great and have a mystical quality to them. I will use this book to show my students of color poems before they start writing their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for teaching young children about colors and poetry. Beautiful illustrations.
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luv2tch More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I used it in my 3rd grade classroom as inspiration for the students to write their own color poems - wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent in every way. One of my teachers read this book to my class and we were amazed at how imaginative poetry can be. This book transfered plan colors to colors that had feelings and could be seen and heard. Beautifully written!!!!!!!!!