Poetry Friday: Year End Wrap Up

I wanted to begin this post with: “And the CYBILS Poetry Finalists for 2011 are…” but I can’t until Sunday, January 1, 2012. Sorry, I am sworn to secrecy.

So instead I present a list poem of all my Poetry Friday poems throughout the year:

Poetry Friday 2011

Say you are lonely
saying a name
Turn over your hand

Snowball fight today
students’  Fibonacci
on imagination

life is short
spring and all

there’s a poem right there
hot summer air
celebrating student poetry

your heart is strong
I have picked up your pencil off the ground
Shift, space typing keys

Vowel bat
This is my first memory
first grade poetry

June arrives
Let evening come
bed in summer

A summer of
east coast trips
the words under the words

Road work ahead
in reverse
my writing room

After apple-picking
the haunted palace
a ragged envelope

I come from
only in death
there are many naughty children

Candle time

In doing this I discovered that August was a vacation month, NO Posts. Poetry Friday round-up is at The Drift Record by Julie Larios.

Happy New Year.  Check back on Sunday to see who the Cybils Poetry finalists are.

Happy reading.



Nonfiction Monday: A Butterfly is Patient

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston is nominated in the NFPB for the CYBILS Award.  Each page is begins “A butterfly is…”  with factual information and stunning illustrations

Readers will discover  information such as how butterfly wings serve as protection, that many butterflies are poisonous, and that their wings are really made of tiny scales serving a variety of purposes. 

Sylvia Long, illustrator, creates exquisite watercolor illustrations that are detailed from butterfly eggs to caterpillars                                                 and finally the butterflies.  Readers will spend hours gazing at these detailed images. 

As I read this book, I thought about the time spent in the research of the book. Hundreds of species are shown.  The book is hand lettered by  illustrator.

Both Aston and Long have created a book that not only informative but wondrous. It will be a fabulous mentor text to use with students on how to write nonfiction that is fun to read while providing facts.

Title: A Butterfly is Patient
Author: Dianna Hutts Aston
Illustrator: Sylvia Long
Pages: unpaged
Reading Level: K-5
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6479-4
Source:  From the local library

Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Jean Little Library.

Happy Monday.

Happy Reading.

See you in 2012.


Poetry Friday: Candle-time

To my blogging friends,
My Christmas poem and letter:

In candle-time
light makes its way
to darkness.
In candle-time
the soul
 The glow
from candles
miracles and hope

December 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

Chuck and I hope this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits. It’s hard to believe that we are at the close of another year.
                This year our family said good-bye to the matriarch of the MacCulloch family, Aunt Betty. She passed from this earth on June 12 at the age of 91.  She was an incredible woman and someone I miss a lot.
              We have one word that sums up 2011: travel.  In April, we experienced our first Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Guatemala, and Belize.  It was incredible to see the Mayan ruins but a highlight was going on a tour to visit a Guatemalan school on the Rio Dulce.  We brought school supplies.  The other highlight was the port o’ call stop in Key West where we had breakfast with Aunt Dot and Uncle John.
           Between New Jersey, California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and the Oregon coast, we were gone about five weeks during the summer.  That’s a record in our book for summer travel.  By the time school began, both Chuck and I were ready to stay at home for a while.
           October 2011, our 10-year-old dachshund, Rusty, became ill very suddenly and died.  In January 2012, we adopted Buster, a 2 month old dappled dachshund whose first owner couldn’t care for him due to her age.  He keeps Sophie the 15-year-old dog on her toes. 
         Our granddaughters, Cecelia, 7, Estelle, 6, and Amelie, 3, bring us much joy.  Cecelia and Estelle are of the age of having overnights with us.  Estelle and Amelie now live in Medford, OR so we don’t get to see them as often. They are planning to be with us for New Year’s Eve.
            I continue to write, take photos, and bead. Chuck is discovering the love of baking bread.

 Hope that 2012 will be filled much joy, hope, peace, and love.

Poetry  Friday is held at Dori Reads.

Happy Reading.

Jone AKA MsMac

Poetry Friday: What’s For Dinner?

What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squiry Poems from the Animal World by Katherine B. Hauth is a CYBILS nominated book for the Poetry category.

Hauth describes her book as “Eating is a matter of life or death, but it can also be weird, surprising or just plain gross.”

Starting out with the first poem, “What’s for Dinner”, readers are introduced to the concept that be it meat, nectar, eggs, fish, trees, blood, or an artichoke, living things must eat or croak.

Each poems tell in fun fashion the food choices of preying mantises, baby wasps, mosquitoes, wood turtles, mayflies, and others.

On of my favorites was the “Dermiestid Beetles Wanted” in which the Chicago Field Museum is advertising for these beetles to
“…Creat eyeless sculptures for display.
Work quick, work neat,
leave no scratch, no nick.
gnaw soft flesh from skulls…”

The accompanying illustration is creepy and detail.  First graders responded by saying, “Eeww, gross, and cool.”

Hauth also includes a “More Words about the Poems” which explains many scientific words and processes to readers.  There is a “More Words about the Animals” section as well to explain the wide variety animals in the book.

Young biologists and those who like the grossosity of the subject matter will probably find this poetry book a big hit. They will squirm at these quirky verses.

The ink and watercolor illustrations by David Clark provide details that readers will respond in a variety of ways.

Title: What’s  for Dinner? Quirk, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World
Author: Katherine B. Hauth
Illustrator: David Clark
Published: 2011
Pages: 45
Reading Level: K-3
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 978-1-57091-471-3
Source:  Sent by publisher for review for CYBILS

Poetry Friday is at Read, Write, Howl.

Happy reading.