From ice creams to Christmas trees, flying grannies to reading mermaids, haiku to rhyming verse, Hopscotch in the Sky takes children on a magical poetic journey through the seasons of the year. Funny and touching, sweet and sharp, these poems are full of life and verve.
With a rainbow of enchanting illustration by award-winning artist Lauren O’Neill, winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Illustration in 2016
An accompanying ebook, The Hopscotch in the Sky Poetry Kit, will be free to download, introducing children to the poetic forms used in the book and chock-full of ideas to encourage readers to try their hand at writing their own poems. It will be especially helpful also to teachers who would like to include writing poetry as a classroom activity with their pupils. You can download it for free here.
Published by Little Island and Poetry Ireland
PRAISE FOR HOPSCOTCH IN THE SKY
Editor’s Choice in the Children’s Books Ireland Reading Guide 2017
‘The poems in this first collection … are poems that invite the reader in, assuming shared experiences and memories, like walking in the wet tar of a hot concrete road in bare feet in summer or rescuing a doll’s picnic from the rain. This is poetry of observation and carefully modulated emotion, perhaps most eloquently expressed in the sentiment of the poem The Mountains and the Sea … This is a sensitively illustrated and finely produced volume. It’s perhaps disappointingly slim but it offers a range of poetic forms to satisfy the national curriculum and some memorable moments … Hopefully, there are more poems and collections to come.’ – Books For Keeps
‘This is a charming, accessible collection from one of Ireland’s best poets for children, Lucinda Jacob. She covers all kinds of topics from friendship to school and her work cries out to be read aloud. The classy, expressive illustrations by Lauren O’Neill make this a pocket treasure.’ – The Irish Independent from their list of best children’s books of 2017
‘This superb collection of illustrated poems is groundbreaking… The most striking thing is the integrity of the poet’s voice. It is a gentle though full voice. It is true to itself, to children and to poetry. The illustrations are perfectly balanced to reflect, interact with, add layers of meaning to and play with the poems’ – Celia Keenan, Inis Magazine
‘Mesmerising poems for and about childhood… these poems are at once timeless and contemporary… A wise and beautiful collection that every household should own’ – Amanda Bell, CBI Reading Guide
‘An inspiring and diverse collection that encourages readers to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, feel and taste. No doubt readers will want to put pen to paper after Lucinda Jacob’s marvellous collection that celebrates the ordinary, and acts as a reminder that simple things can often be extraordinary, especially when the experience is shared. A wonderful collection of poems to activate your senses and make note of the changing seasons and the wonder that surrounds us. Hopscotch in the Sky is a collection to be cherished and will initiate much conversation and creativity, as well as inspire readers and budding poets to venture outside.’ – RTEjr Bookclub
Lucinda Jacob is a poet, illustrator and author of fiction for young people. She has written and illustrated a number of picture books and storybooks for new readers, scripts for the national broadcaster RTÉ and poetry for older children, published in numerous collections.