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Steady Hands



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Written by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer Published by Clarion Books, 2009

*Starred Review Publisher's Weekly

From the reviewers:
"Inventive, complicated collages and well-crafted poems focus on the activities of working people in this eye-catching book. Halsey and Addy's hip collages combine individual cut-outs of people along with drawings, photos, textured backgrounds and designs. The sophisticated look should generate plenty of interest from the target audience." -Booklist

"From teacher, artist, and programmer to tow-truck driver, cafeteria cook, and surgeon, people at work are the subjects of every short, free-verse poem in this picture-book collection. The lively mixed-media illustrations, with spacious collage, show what workers do on the job. The hands-on details blend dreams and realism in the upbeat, contemporary poems." -School Library Journal

From the publisher:
In this collection of free-verse poems, inspired by Walt Whitman's I Hear America Singing, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer celebrates workers and the doing of work. The poems are short and direct, with strong, fresh images, and readers can easily imagine themselves in the roles she portrays: welder, librarian, surgeon, retail clerk, camp counselor. The illustrations are as original as the text---amazing multilayered collages made of paper, found objects, ephemera, photographs, dried flowers, and archival images. Steady Hands is sure to inspire discussion, creative writing, art projects, and new answers to the old question: What do you want to do when you grow up?

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