7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #787: Featuring Barbara Chotiner

h1 March 20th, 2022 by jules

“Spring arrived. The snow melted. …”
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This past week, the Horn Book posted “Picture books for National Poetry Month 2022” at their site. It’s a great round-up, and in that list is a book I reviewed for them — the playful Moving Words About a Flower (Charlesbridge, March 2022), written by K.C. Hayes and illustrated by Barbara Chotiner. If you’d like to read about it, that review is here (along with some other wonderful picture books). Here today at 7-Imp are some spreads.



“And while all the people hurried by in their great big boots and shoes,
a tiny sprout popped up.”

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“That evening the dandelion’s last three seeds blew away.”
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MOVING WORDS ABOUT A FLOWER. Text copyright © 2022 by K.C. Hayes. Illustrations copyright © 2022 by Barbara Chotiner. Concept envisioned by K.C. Hayes. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Charlesbridge, Waterdown, MA.

* * * Jules’s Kicks * * *

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

1) A long walk with friends …

2) … in warmer weather!

3) Daffodils in the front yard.

4) Ruth Slenczysnska’s new album. She is 97 years old.



5) The 2022 Carle Honors were announced, and as a Tennessean, I’m particularly happy to see Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library honored.

6) Season 2, episode 3 of Resident Alien when Sahar explains Western standards of female beauty to Harry. Sahar forever.



7) I’m reading this out loud to my daughters, and it’s quite good.

Bonus: “Dried Roses” from Big Thief:



What are YOUR kicks this week?

6 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #787: Featuring Barbara Chotiner”

  1. I will need to check out Moving Words About a Flower. I was glad to see Eric Ode’s new poetry book on the list.
    Jules, I love that you read aloud to your girls still. That makes me smile.
    warmer weather and daffodils!

    My kicks:
    1. Reading African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters.
    2. Soup.
    3. Red current blossoms.
    4. A bookstore visit to Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore with oldest grand.
    5. Buster snuggles when under the weather.(stomach)
    6. Daily texts with friends discussing how we got to the word for Wordle.
    7. Birds flitting and busy.
    Have a great week.

  2. Happy Sunday, Kickers!

    Love the cleverness of the “moving words” concept and how it’s executed in the book. Thanks for the intro, Jules!

    Thanks too for the intro to Ruth Slenczynska, of whom I knew *nothing* before reading that NPR story. And like Jone, I love that you and the girls still do read-aloud sessions! (And what wonderful material to be sharing with them!)

    Jone, as you probably know, discussions about Wordle solutions drive some people CRAZY. I’m so glad to know you’ve found the perfect means of doing so without triggering anyone. 🙂

    The Missus and I are in Las Vegas, where we arrived in mid-December to stay with The Stepson in the middle of a cross-country road trip. (Left Florida at the end of July, probably leaving LV in May.) Here are some kicks from the past week:

    1. I’m a major Twin Peaks fan, but — until yesterday — had never seen the ‘Fire Walk With Me’ film. Bucket list item checked off!
    2. Explored a new park during a long walk, with an amazing backdrop of big, red rocky foothills. Also, the trees in the OLD park are blooming this week, so that’s a big win!
    3. This article about why we listen to music whose lyrics we don’t understand was pretty cool. It focuses on song lyrics in languages we don’t understand but, by extension, also helps me understand why I’ve always loved vocal music even with hearing bad enough not to actually make out the words.
    4. Got a new phone on sale last month and am finally learning how much better pictures it takes than the old one.
    5. My mother, now 90, has been telling me for years how good Costco’s chicken pot pies are. But they’re HUGE. She and my step-dad finish one off over the course of a week. We finally got one on a Costco run this week, after I researched some about whether a partial one could be frozen before/after cooking. And yes: very satisfying if you like that kind of thing!
    6. This book — currently reading — is a genuine delight. (Wish I could remember where I heard about it!)
    7. Little slivers of time during which the house is completely silent.

    Have a great week, everyone!

  3. Love the cover art and the dandelion seeds looking like fireworks as they float away.

    Jules -yay for daffodils, long walks with friends in warmer weather, Dolly Parton, and reading with your girls! Loved the Ruth Slenczynska video and have added her music to my Spotify.

    Jone – sounds like you had a great week! I’ve never been to Kinokuniya but I’ve been wanting to go check them out since Laini Taylor shared photos of a visit there and the journals she bought.

    JES – sounds like you had a great week too! I’ve been enjoying your photos on insta, hooray for the new phone!

    My kicks this week:
    1) A big win from the Court of Appeals reversing convictions for a client on a trial I lost way back in 2018!
    2) Dinner and margaritas with friends to celebrate the win.
    3)Reading “All About Me!” by Mel Brooks.
    4) Watching new series Minx on HBO and it is exactly what I need – fun and funny feminism.
    5) Being able to look back at my younger self with compassion and love.
    6) Daisy having fun at her weekly swimming lesson (underwater treadmill PT session).
    7) Fun conversations with some of my awesome neighbors.
    7.5) Trip to a local nursery for some bird and butterfly attracting plants – favorite purchase was a King Edward flowering currant bush.
    Extra Bonus – Good friends making me laugh via text exchanges.

    Happy Spring Imps!

  4. Hi Imps! Hi Barbara! Love words with movement.

    Jules: That sounds like a neat premise. I like interconnected stories.

    Jone: Sending good vibes to Buster, and to you!

    JES: Have a fun trip!

    My kicks:
    1) Entertainment
    2) Sleep
    3) Rest
    4) Meter
    5) Release
    6) Try
    7) Space

  5. Jone, hope you are feeling better. Do you know I’ve never done Wordle? I should try it.

    John! Enjoy Las Vegas. That book looks super interesting, and I want to go read that article now too.

    Rachel, congrats on that first kick! Woo hoo! Hugs to Daisy.

    Little Willow, yes, so far it’s a great read. … Always good to read that you’re getting sleep, since you’re one of the hardest-working people I know.

    Have a good week, you all!

  6. Jules: Sleep is lovely.

    Rachel: Congrats!!! Absolutely amazing kicks #1, 5, and 6!

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