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Spring 2019 PGC Master Catalogue

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Be/Hold
A Friendship Book
By (author): Shira Erlichman
9780999658420 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 11 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Words Apr 12, 2019
$26.95 CAD
Active 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.42 in 68 pages Penny Candy Books
InBe/Hold: A Friendship Book visual artist, poet, and musician Shira Erlichman opens with the line, “Sweetheart, sometimes when I’m feeling blue I put my ear to the wind & listen for you,” building a one-of-a-kind story of friendship from her love of compound words (i.e. toothbrush, windbreaker, behold) in a book that uplifts, encourages, and honors the people we care about most. With an afterword exploring compound words and accompanying word play activity.

In Hebrew shira means poem and song. True to her name, Shira Erlichman loves to write poems and sing songs. She also loves to draw pictures. Shira's art can be found in The Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour’s Poetry Series, The Rumpus, on sidewalks, in living rooms, and in your boombox. Her favorite compound word is seesaw. She immigrated from Israel to the US when she was six and now lives in Brooklyn where she teaches and creates.

"An ode to the pleasures and surprises of compound words: 'the smallest poem in the English language'. Erlichman writes short lines of love and comfort, addressed to an unspecified 'you' and laced throughout with standard or newly fashioned compound words: 'A friendship is like that. / With sails powered by / the deepest of breaths. / Some might call it a loveship… / or a songship…or a wowship… / and they'd be right. / But even if your ship's makeshift, / come beloved, be loved /by me'."—Kirkus Reviews

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