A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Swedish / Finland

Rassel Prassel Puss. Poesi för nybörjare
(Rassel Prassel Puss. Poetry for beginners)

Lundström, Hanna (text)
Hurme, Maija (illus.)
Helsingfors: Schildts & Söderströms, 2015. – [32] p.
ISBN 978-951-52-3688-3

Animals – Poetry – Wordplay

“Its trunk like a paper / worn thin with time. / Like a letter that someone touches / until it is a paper blackened with marks: / dots, lines, notches / old words concealing themselves /
In the birch tree's dark grooves / Only the fingertips know /
How to decipher the trail / Of the secret language / the birch has scribed across these many years.” This is one of the sixteen poems collected in “Rassel Prassel Puss. Poetry for beginners”. Despite the modest number of poems, they are charming in their variation. There are poems about mundane topics, onomatopoeic poems and some that play with language, as well as some that are more reflective. This
also means: Even though the book is described as “for beginners”, the texts are neither simplistic nor boring. The volume is completed by delicate illustrations that capture moods as well as evoke them. (Age: 4+)