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What are your favorite PB's that have beautiful lyrical rhythmic language? Not poetry. One of my favorites is Poor Doreen; A Fishy Tale by Sally Lloyd Jones.

Can you explain why a particular PB  touched you? I need to study them.

Thank you very much

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#1 - February 06, 2016, 03:42 AM
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"and then it's spring" by Julie Fogliano, also "If You Want to See a Whale" by Fogliano.

I love "and then it's spring" so much. It's quite possibly my favorite pb and one of the children's books that inspired me to try writing pbs after writing non-fiction for years. When I wrote about it at Avidly/LA Review of Books, I said: "I really can’t put my finger on a single best thing other than I feel it to my toes that this book has the ideal beat and softness of verse that communicates wonderful peace..."

http://avidly.lareviewofbooks.org/2015/05/19/secret-gardens-discovering-new-childrens-books/
#2 - February 06, 2016, 11:36 AM
The End of Something Wonderful (Sterling 2019)
Hello, Star (Little Brown 2021)
The League of Picky Eaters (Clarion 2021)
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My son and I loved TIME FOR BED by Mem Fox. It was one of the staples of our three books at bedtime routine. It's a soothing, beautiful book. Somehow we ended up with two copies, a full size hardcover and a board book. He liked to read his own copy, taking turns, with me reading a page from mine and him "reading" the next page from his.
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#3 - February 06, 2016, 11:58 AM
Ten Clever Ninjas (picture book, Clear Fork Publishing, 2019)
Butterfly Girl (middle grade novel, Clear Fork Publishing, 2019)

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Thank you, stephanie-lucianovic and Butterflygirl.

I'm going to look them up and study them!!  :flowers2

#4 - February 06, 2016, 12:16 PM
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I just read The Duck and the Darklings by Glenda Millard - it is amazing in many ways, one of which is its gorgeous lyrical text.
#5 - February 06, 2016, 01:09 PM
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How exciting!! I will get that one also!!
#6 - February 06, 2016, 02:14 PM
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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. The poetic flow, the language, the story, the pictures. Pretty much everything about it.  :-\ Um, that probably doesn't help much.
#7 - February 06, 2016, 02:18 PM

I immediately thought of OWL MOON, as well. But I would consider that free verse poetry, though.

Are you only looking for prose? Or did you just mean no rhyme?

Another one is BEACH FEET.  Not sure if it's considered free verse, though it feels like it. I think it's a translation from Japanese.

ETA: Just wanted to add that the reason BEACH FEET touched me is that it is very much written from the child's perspective.
#8 - February 06, 2016, 02:25 PM
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NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
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Yes, thank you JFriday. I forgot about that one. This helps a lot!!
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OH, thank you DiannM. Actually, I'll read and study everything.
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The one I suggested (TIME FOR BED) is told in rhyme, but it has a gentle, rhythmic quality that feels more "lyrical" than "rhyming."

I'm taking notes and adding to my library request list--so many great suggestions! 
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#11 - February 06, 2016, 05:37 PM
Ten Clever Ninjas (picture book, Clear Fork Publishing, 2019)
Butterfly Girl (middle grade novel, Clear Fork Publishing, 2019)

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I agree that TIME FOR BED is lyrical, even though it's in rhyme. And my kids both loved that one, too!

No reason rhyme can't be lyrical. I assume the OP prefers to write in prose? But it's still nice to get a feel for different types of books.
#12 - February 06, 2016, 06:28 PM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
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I also think that Oliver Jeffers' "Lost and Found" and "How to Catch a Star" have the lyrical voice.

Ooh, and definitely "Moonplane" and "Fabian Escapes" by Peter McCarty and "Wish" by Matthew Cordell.
#13 - February 06, 2016, 06:43 PM
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The End of Something Wonderful (Sterling 2019)
Hello, Star (Little Brown 2021)
The League of Picky Eaters (Clarion 2021)
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Tanglewood by Margaret Wild is lovely too.
#14 - February 06, 2016, 08:04 PM
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Thank you everyone. I ordered them all. My library is going to hate me. They always give me strange looks when I walk in.

I love having all this material to drink in!!!!!

Thank you so much!  :wow
#15 - February 07, 2016, 04:02 AM
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Your library should love you! I think we keep them in business. :studia
#16 - February 07, 2016, 08:12 AM
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I love Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes because it is so simply and beautifully told. Also Farfallina and Marcel by Holly Keller for writing about friendship.
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#17 - February 07, 2016, 11:49 AM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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Play With Me. Maybe my favorite PB.
#18 - March 14, 2016, 11:07 AM
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I love Berkeley Breathed's "Mars Needs Moms" and "Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big". Reading those out loud is a treat.
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