Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems
(90 copies available)
Coombs punctuates her sweeping, lullaby-like poems about the ocean with surprising personification and unexpected imagery. "My name's Frank Hermit, " says a hermit crab, a seaside real estate agent. "I have listings for periwinkles, / whelks, and wentletraps;/ turbans, tops, and moon shells;/ a palatial conch, perhaps?" She describes a jellyfish in short, lush lines: "Deep water shimmers./ A wind-shape passes, / kimono trailing." So's watercolor spreads are supple and filled with life fish cluster around the "wide green map/ on Sea Turtle's back, " while a gulper eel is entwined with a dragonlike oarfish. Like the tide that repeats, "I was here, / wasss here/ wasssss here..." the evocative descriptions and images echo and linger. Ages 4 -8.