Awards and deleted scenes for Forget-Me-Nots

Forget-Me-Nots won an Parent’s Choice Award for children’s books recently. Silver medal.

“The poems in this well-rounded children’s collection are chosen as“poems to learn by heart,” but they make for excellent read-alouds or silent reading as well. Editor Mary Ann Hoberman, a former Children’s Poet Laureate, groups modern and classic poetry into categories such as Delicious Dishes, Beautiful Beasts, and Happiness Is. There are poems for many moods and in many styles; some of them are from the genre of children’s poetry, while others are poems that appeal to children and adults alike. Each page is cheerfully illustrated by Michael Emberley in watercolors, pencil, and pastels. This is a great addition to a home or classroom library.”

Below are a few deletedscenes from this  book. These would have been early dummy sketches sent to publisher and never used.
This is an early idea for the sinister poem about death being dealt by the narrator. The final idea is an archer aiming at the witch on the opposite page. It links the twopages in a nice way. But this idea, with the victim reflected in the sward I still like. I would have been happy with both. (all text – copyrighted by the listed author)
Below is a deleted idea for the  so called “front matter” of Forget-Me-Nots. I wanted to play a bit more with the idea of the poems leaving the book and entering your brain. I still like it.

Below is a deleted selection of dancing animals from a chapter opening. Cute but rejected anyway. Can you spot the Numbat? (all text the copyright of the authors)

Below is the one idea I still think was better than the one chosen. I argued and lost. I have no proper defense other than I feel it is better. It makes no sense. But time makes no sense. Times running out for King Kong? A silent observer duck? Just a gut instinct. (all text copyright of the authors listed)

This ones different because it was still playing around with type and memory and the words having a life of their own –  but the idea was strongly objected to. I still like it.

And this one was completely ridiculous but the poem was so conventional… in the end we could not put art on the left page at all due to copyright holder restrictions. Those are little Robots walking around a landscape, a bit like a Japanese scroll with the same character appearing left to right.

“Emberley offers cozy mixed-media cartoons, which warmly evoke the poems’ themes and images. A multidimensional and thoughtful cross section of verse with keepers on nearly every page.” — Publisher’s Weekly starred review