Did you know? Tomorrow, August 26 is National Dog Day.
It’s another Poetry Friday Power Book geared to our youngest writers and poetry readers. Sylvia and Janet combed through 700+ poems from the Poetry Friday Anthologies to find twelve stellar poems around the theme of pets and a storyline about our fur friends.
Correction: from Janet: The Poetry Friday Anthology series contains 30+ poems about pets, but only 5 of the anchor poems in PET CRAZY were culled from The PFA series (poems by Kristy Dempsey, Eric Ode, Eileen Spinelli, April Halprin Wayland, and Carole Boston Weatherford). Seven of the PET CRAZY poems are making their world debuts: poems by Helen Frost, Janice Harrington, Laura Shovan, Elizabeth Steinglass, Don Tate, Padma Venkatraman, and Tamera Will Wissinger.
Janet Wong layered in twenty-four mentor and response poems as the thread that holds the theme together. Power word plays and pre-writing activities are included. Finally, a springboard of poetry prompts for students to explore a variety of forms; question poems, repetition poems, poems with stanzas, and poems with similes. are just a few.
Janet Wong graciously sent some images from the book to share with you. The featured form is the Acrostic:
My attempt (in honor of National Dog Day):
Buster the Snurfer
Big personality in a small body
Understands when I need comfort
Snurfs the floor for tasty crumbs
The best companion for naps
Everyone loves him
Runs under the bed when I cook
©jone rush macculloch
I am looking forward to trying the book out with students once school starts.
How about you? Do you have an acrostic poem to share?
Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell have generously donated two copies as giveaways. Respond in the comments for an opportunity to receive one.
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