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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Diamonds Forever: Never Stop Your Inner Child From Glittering by Gloria D. Gonsalves is an uplifting and encouraging book for children which motivates them to hang on to their childhood dreams and make it happen. It is a collection of Diamante Poems (which when written takes the shape of a diamond) and colorful illustrations by children from different walks of society, and gives them an opportunity to showcase their imagination and expressions through creativity. The book is informative and educational, and at the same time is a tool for readers to enjoy the aesthetic talents of the kids featured in the book.
The book teaches children how to write a Diamante Poem. How is a Diamante Poem written? The poem has seven lines: The first line has the beginning subject followed by line 2, which should have two describing words about line 1. The third line should be with three doing words about line 1. The next line, line 4, should have a short phrase about line 1, and a short phrase about line 7. Three doing words of line 7 should be there in line 5, and line 6 should have two describing words about the last line. Line 7 should have the end subject. Isn’t that easy to try out?
Parents can encourage their kids to try writing poems like this as it is easy for a start, interesting, will enhance their use of vocabulary, and motivate them to learn new things. The illustrations to go with the poems are adorable too. It’s a perfect book to have in school libraries and can be used in classrooms to teach poetry writing.