Information about the Most Popular Janet
S. Wong Titles
at the Olean Public Library
Wong, Janet S. 1996.
A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0689807880 An outstanding collection of poetry divided into three sections based
on Janet Wong’s ethnic and cultural background; Korean, Chinese and American, it includes personal information
explaining how she wrote the poems from experiences in her own life. The poetry is mainly free verse and embodies the
meaning of being an American. This is an excellent book for a library collection. Children seeking to identify with feelings
of not quite fitting in will find comfort and understanding in Janet Wong’s poetry.
Wong, Janet. 2000. Night
Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams. Ill.
by Julie Paschkis. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0689826176 In this collection of 15 poems, Janet Wong uses repetition, alliteration,
and rhyme to capture the mystery and wonder of dreams. Janet Wong makes dreaming seem wondrous for children. My
daughter has always been a vivid dreamer, in the past she would often wake confused or frightened. This book has allowed
her to think of dreams as magical stories and adventures.
Wong, Janet. 2003. Knock on Wood : Poems About Superstitions. Ill. by Julie Paschkis. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0689855125
My grandmother grew up
in the remote hills of Pennsylvania, and is very superstitious. Even now, there is only one stoplight
in the entire county! I enjoyed this book because it was a refreshing look at superstitions and is not scary at all. I plan
to tell my grandmother about the potato superstition. If you put a potato in your pocket, as it wrinkles and hardens it will
pull the aches and pains from your bones. As she is nearing 90 years old and refuses to even take aspirin for stiffness and
pain, I think this is something she will do. And who knows, maybe it will help.
Wong, Janet. 1999. Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving. Ill. by Janet Wong. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0689825315
A collection of thirty-six poems
that vary in topic from passing the driver's test to being pulled over by a cop, to parents' anxieties and car accidents.
Janet Wong touches on all the subjects of concern for teenagers -- love, death, hopes and dreams. I bought this book for my
son who is learning to drive and will take driver’s education this summer. He normally doesn’t read poetry but
liked this book.
Wong, Janet. 1994. Good Luck Gold and Other Poems. New York: Simon & Schuster.
This collection of 42 poems, is about the importance of grandparents and holidays,
and also explores feelings of racism and being different. The poems, even though they are written from the perspective of
a young Asian-American girl represent universal life experiences. A variety of poetic forms are used, including rhymed poetry
and free verse, haiku, cinquains, a dialogue, and a question-and-answer poem. I enjoyed this book because while focusing
on the differences in people and their traditions, it raises the point that we are more alike than different.
Wong, Janet. 1999. The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children. Ill. by Jennifer Hewitson. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0689821484
Seen through the eyes of a adoring child, a rebellious teen and an appreciative
adult, these eighteen poems cover many emotions dealing with mothers. The poem that speaks to me is entitled, Hope
and asks for the strength, courage, calmness and hope to guide her child through life.
will need the softness of a deer, to nudge my child down the right path...I will need the calm of a tree, knowing fires will
happen, and I will need to keep the hope I hold inside myself, knowing that after the fires, things grow again.
This year, parenting teenage
children solo while my husband is stationed in Iraq, I have found that staying
calm while gently nudging is the most effective way to reach my children and encourage them to stay on the right path.
“Many of my stories and poems are inspired
from personal memories and observation. Some are inspired by the stories of friends, and still others are completely made
----Janet S. Wong