Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions by Janet s. Wong

Aug 8, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions is a portey book by Janet s. Wong for young readers.

Do you have any superstitions? I guess we all do have some. But have you ever wondered where they came from? Do different cultures have same the superstition over something or do they vary with time and space? Where did they come from? And why some things carry bad omens and some things good? We do wonder about things like that, don’t we?

[ReviewAZON asin=”0689855125″ display=”inlinepost”]Some of the popular things that have superstitions associated with them are cats, garlic, ladder, the number 13, wood, horseshoe. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more. And sometimes they do vary from place to place, even within a specific culture. But whatever they are, true or not, we all love to hear how they evolved and why.

Janet Won’g book ‘Knock On Wood’ is a collection of poems on superstitions. The poet has written on Cat, Clover, Ears, Garlic, Hair, Hat, Horseshow, Key, Ladder, Ladybug, Mirror, Potatoes, Rooster, Salt, Thirteen, Umbrellas and Wood. I had heard some of it before and some not. And  some of them actually is a bit different from what I had known. But they are interesting all the same.

If you like to know about hings like that you may try to give it a read. The author has also made a list of all those stuff with a note on each, clarying the meaning of the superstitions associated with them. You will also find a note that tells us what inpired the author to write the poems on superstitions.

The book is illustrated by Julie Paschkis.

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