Nine! A book of Nonet Poems

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Fans of clever poetry and numbers rejoice! Nine is a book of nine-line poems called nonets, all about the number nine!

Hi there!
Love nonets?
I’m sure you do.
What are they, you ask?
You don’t know a nonet?
Not even one little one?
Actually, they’re all the same size!
They’re poems, of course–and here’s your first!

Each poem in this clever collection is a nonet: a nine-line poem that starts with nine syllables in the first line and ends with one syllable in the ninth line (or the reverse). But these nonets go even further! Every one is also written with the number nine at its heart. There’s plenty to love and learn: topics include the nine months it takes a baby to be born, cats’ nine lives, baseball’s nine players, and the nine-banded armadillo. Some feature history, such as the Little Rock Nine, the spacecraft Apollo 9, the ninth president; others explain idioms, like “dressed to the nines,” “cloud nine,” and “the whole nine yards.” Explore these and more with nonets galore!

Irene Latham is a grateful creator of many novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including the co-authored Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship, which earned a Charlotte Huck Honor, and The Cat Man of Aleppo, which won a Caldecott Honor. Irene lives on a lake in rural Alabama.

 Amy Huntington has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. She illustrated Fresh-Picked Poetry, as well as Grandma Drove the Garbage TruckGrandma Drove the Snowplow, and Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat among others.

In this title, dedicated to nonets--nine-line poems in which the first line has one syllable and each line adds a syllable, culminating in a final line with nine (or beginning with nine and ending with one)--clever poems show how much the number nine surrounds us in our everyday lives. Cats with nine lives run home to rest; children gather to play nine innings of baseball; a museum contains facts about the Little Rock Nine; and Pluto dreams of becoming the ninth planet again. Lively scenes illustrated with warm colors depict kind, friendly siblings, friends, classmates, and adults learning and sharing special moments together. Words in each poem have been carefully chosen by Latham to share not only facts but also humor and dreams, asking readers to imagine. A fun book of warm scenes and clever lines that will invite youngsters to revisit this world over and over again. You won't be able to look at the numeral nine again without seeing its big smile.

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