When You Breathe (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

With mesmerizing illustrations and crisp stanzas, Farid and Renkl bring us a picture book experience that children and adults will savor on every page. I was taken with the collage-style art, and as a fellow poet loved how carefully each word was chosen for this short but sweet extended verse-poem. The glossary of terms at the end rounds out the poem well, offering concise explanations of key scientific terms related to respiration. A great choice for parents who want an opening to talk about the benefits of meditation and proper breathing with their child.

— Paul Murufas


A poetic and visually breathtaking look at what happens inside your body when you breathe

What happens when you breathe? In this beautiful book, breath—the very air, stardust, the grand molecules of the universe—blossoms in the upside-down tree in your rising chest, animating and enlivening you. And when you breathe out, you send your song out into the world.

About the Author

Diana Farid is a staff physician and professor at Stanford, a filmmaker, and a published poet. In addition to poetry, she writes picture books and is working on her first novel in verse. This is her first book for Cameron Kids. She lives in the Bay Area. Billy Renkl is a fine artist and teaches art and drawing at Austin Peay State University. This is his first book for Cameron Kids. He lives in Tennessee.

Praise For…

The metaphors swirl into an understanding that our human bodies don’t stand over the natural world, but are part of it.—The NCTE Excellence in Children’s Poetry Award Committee, School Library Journal

"Science and art combine in an appealing presentation demonstrating how breathing nourishes our bodies as part of the larger ecosystem." – Booklist—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781944903930
ISBN-10: 1944903933
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Pages: 32
Language: English