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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play - Marilyn Singer, LeUyen Pham Another very good collaboration between a poet and illustrator. The illustrations are complementary. I do think, however, that having the illustrations makes it SO hard to think about trying to memorize the poem. It makes it belong in the book, and to me the key thing about poetry is getting it unbound when you find something you like. Several poems hark to playground language play. Some feature time-tested games from children's folklore, and others just show kids being playful because they're outside. Never preachy, but clearly romanticized there are several here that would be fun to remember and recite. Pham's illustration has a lot of the 1940s-1960s in it (such as Mary Blair).