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Where do poems come from? This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us--if we take the time to look.After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: Where do poems come from? His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a Where do poems come from? This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us--if we take the time to look.After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: Where do poems come from? His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a cat perched on a hill of oranges; hear the fluttering of wings; imagine what's behind a tall wall; and discuss their walk, with each incident inspiring a wonderful new haiku from Eto. As Kiyoshi discovers that poems come from the way the world outside of us meets the world within each of us, he also finds the courage to write a haiku of his own. This lovely book will speak to any reader who treasures poetry, city life, grandparents, or the beauty of the everyday.


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Where do poems come from? This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us--if we take the time to look.After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: Where do poems come from? His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a Where do poems come from? This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us--if we take the time to look.After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: Where do poems come from? His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a cat perched on a hill of oranges; hear the fluttering of wings; imagine what's behind a tall wall; and discuss their walk, with each incident inspiring a wonderful new haiku from Eto. As Kiyoshi discovers that poems come from the way the world outside of us meets the world within each of us, he also finds the courage to write a haiku of his own. This lovely book will speak to any reader who treasures poetry, city life, grandparents, or the beauty of the everyday.

30 review for Kiyoshi's Walk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This is the absolute loveliest story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    A wonderful inter-generational story about writing poetry. Kiyoshi watches as his grandfather paints a haiku poem he has written. Kiyoshi asks him where he draws his inspiration from, so his grandfather takes him for a walk in their community, composing poems as they walk. When they return home, Kiyoshi composes his first haiku. Karlins does a beautiful job of telling this quiet, understated story. There is no drama - there doesn't need to to be. Just a grandfather and his grandson out for a walk A wonderful inter-generational story about writing poetry. Kiyoshi watches as his grandfather paints a haiku poem he has written. Kiyoshi asks him where he draws his inspiration from, so his grandfather takes him for a walk in their community, composing poems as they walk. When they return home, Kiyoshi composes his first haiku. Karlins does a beautiful job of telling this quiet, understated story. There is no drama - there doesn't need to to be. Just a grandfather and his grandson out for a walk together to enjoy being together and subtly teaching him how to write haiku. Illustrations (created on iPad using Procreate) by Nicole Wong are stunning. The boy and his grandfather are shown in a vibrant, diverse English-speaking community. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where this story takes place. It does not appear to happen in an inner city or a suburban area; the apartments and city buildings all appear to be modern/recently built (based on their styling and use of paint colors), the landscape of flowering trees (pink and white) appear to be young (small caliper and compact), and the wide open park is devoid of mature trees and shrubbery. While not a problem, it would be helpful for readers to relate. There is, however, an error on the first 2-page spread with text. The grandfather is writing on the paper this incorrectly; Japanese is written from, top to bottom and right to left. The image shows him writing top to bottom, but left to right (his brush is touching the last symbol of hiragana. (I am waiting on a query to a translator to see what is written on the page is, indeed, the text of his poem or if it is gibberish.) This would be excellent to use when starting a unit on/talking about poetry during National Poetry Month in April - or anytime! Also include in units on family and diverse neighborhoods. Recommended for PreS-grade 3.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Mcavoy

    On a simple, yet inspiring walk a grandfather answers a boy's question - ‘where do poems come from?’ Whether you intend to write haiku or not, this is the perfect book to read before taking a walk. See the world through a poet’s eyes: inspiration, beauty and clues to understanding lie all around us—if we take the time to look. On a simple, yet inspiring walk a grandfather answers a boy's question - ‘where do poems come from?’ Whether you intend to write haiku or not, this is the perfect book to read before taking a walk. See the world through a poet’s eyes: inspiration, beauty and clues to understanding lie all around us—if we take the time to look.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reagan Smith

    Kiyoshi's walk is a beautiful story that takes him on an adventure with his grandfather who is a poet. Where do poems come from? In this poetic masterpiece, Kiyoshi is able to find that poems come from lots of different things. I would love to use this book in my future classroom when teaching my students about poetry. Kiyoshi's walk is a beautiful story that takes him on an adventure with his grandfather who is a poet. Where do poems come from? In this poetic masterpiece, Kiyoshi is able to find that poems come from lots of different things. I would love to use this book in my future classroom when teaching my students about poetry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    A great introduction to how poems come alive. A Kiyoshi and his grandfather take a walk, talk, observe and poems are born. Poems come from seeing things, listening, your imagination, feelings, from your heart. Lovely pictures too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    About where poetry comes from. Includes many haikus written along the way. Lots of birds, cats, and dogs on each page, too. Like the relationship between grandfather and grandson.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The book shows how to find inspiration for poems using haikus. The haikus weren't really my style, but the illustrations are beautiful. The book shows how to find inspiration for poems using haikus. The haikus weren't really my style, but the illustrations are beautiful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily Corliss

    Explains how poetry and haikus are inspired

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  11. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tj

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Marshall

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jmgrey

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Lindsey

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Monica Wilson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Streeter

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emerson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Hunter

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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