A Maze Me: Poems for Girls

A Maze Me: Poems for Girls


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A collection of seventy-two poems written especially for girls ages twelve and up by the much-honored and beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye. "A lovely, rich collection that promises to be a lasting companion for young writers."—School Library Journal (starred review)

First love, friendship, school, family, community, having a crush, loving your mother and hating your mother, sense of self, body image, hopes and dreams . . . these seventy-two poems by Naomi Shihab Nye—written expressly for this collection—will speak to girls of all ages. An honest, insightful, inspirational, and amazing collection. "A wide age range will respond to these deeply felt poems about everyday experiences, which encourage readers to lean eagerly into their lives and delight in its passages."—ALA Booklist (starred review). An introduction by the author is included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060581916
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 241,685
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti's Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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A Maze Me
Poems for Girls


A very large spider
wove her fancy web
between the Don Juan rosebush
and the Queen's Crown vine.
We greeted her every day
going in and out.
We had so many destinations
but she just swung there
in the air
in the day's long stare
that grows so hot by four o'clock
we boycott the whole front yard.
By evening we'd be outside again
breathing jasmine
watering honeysuckle
plucking mint
and she'd be wrapping
her little flies and wasps
in sticky sacks.
The trolley rang its bell at us
and we waved back.
It was nice living with Rose.
Living our different lives
side by side.
One night wild thunder
shook the trees,
the sky crackled and split,
the winds blew hard
and by morning
Rose was gone.
Did she wash away?
Did she find a safer home?
She keeps spinning her elegant web
inside us
so long
so long
after the light made it shine.

A Maze Me
Poems for Girls
. Copyright © by Naomi Nye. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

Section 1Big Head
Toys on the Planet Earth16
Every Cat Has a Story17
Visiting My Old Kindergarten Teacher...18
The Boys20
Where Are You?21
Big Head, Big Face23
Supple Cord24
Every Day25
The Bucket26
Little Chair27
Section 2Secret Hum
Some Days34
I Want to Meet the Girl36
In the School Cafeteria37
Where He Is39
Groups of People Going Places Together40
I Said to Dana's Mother44
Because of Poems45
Having Forgotten to Bring a Book...46
If the Shoe Doesn't Fit47
On the Same Day My Parents Were Arguing48
Message in the Thin Wind Before Bedtime51
High Hopes52
Bad Dream53
Section 3Magical Geography
People I Admire57
My Body Is a Mystery58
Feeling Wise60
Sometimes I Pretend61
Poor Monday62
Watermelon Truck63
My Sad Aunt65
The List66
You're Welcome!67
Moving House68
Making a Mosaic70
From Labrador, 1800s74
Section 4Sweet Dreams Please
Historical Marker79
Baby-sitting Should Not Be Called80
Abandoned Homestead...82
Little Blanco River84
The Bird Pose85
Meteor Watch86
Writing in a Silo88
Finding a Pink Ribbon...90
Bird in Hand91
The Word PEACE92
To the Tree Frogs Outside the Window94
Messages from Everywhere95
Section 5Something True
Day After Halloween, Jack-o'-Lantern Candle...99
What Travel Does100
Abandoned Post Office, Big Bend102
Learning to Talk104
Over the Weather106
On the Sunset Limited Train107
Across the Aisle108
Mona's Taco110
A Way Around111
To My Texas Handbook112
Thoughts That Came in Floating113
Index of First Lines116

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A Maze Me Poems for Girls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book A Maze Me, was inconsistant to me in it's good poems. The poems in this book were constantly changing situations within the same poem! I found that a little hard to read. Also the some of the poems were boring and didn't snatch your attention. Some things I liked about the book though were that it kept the same theme, it was about children doing things that they wouldn't really think twice about, such as finding a lady bug, the author, Naomi Shihab Nye really makes it interesting on some of her poems about the everyday lives of young girls or boys.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young girls age 7 and up will love this book filled with poemsfrom their perspective. The poems are short, imagistic, and cute without being cliche. Topics range from shyness, movinghouse, to boys and body image. Written entirely by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book A Maze Me, was a little dissapointing, I mean, some of the poems were enjoyable, and some of them you could only understand if you knew the history of the author. The pictures were poor, but I did like the way you can relate to the poems, which are about the lives of children, doing things that you usually wouldn't write or give a second thought to. It kind of put life in a different perspective, reading this book will change the way you think about certain things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up the other day and read it in 30 minutes. My husband brought it home for our 16 year old daughter. I thought it was wonderful, but our daughter thought it was stupid. I'm not convinced that a 12 year old girl can really get the point of these poems, but I think an adult with enough life experience can look back at these poems and see how great they are.