Wednesday’s Wondering: Week 39

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Poetry Friday: Somewhere Today

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Head over to Amy at The Poem Farm for more poetry today.  Thanks, Amy.

September 21 was International Peace Day.  For some classes, I read Somewhere Today A Book of Poetry by Shelley Moore Thomas. Students from two classes wrote a poem based on the book.

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Somewhere Today

Somewhere today
a teacher is reading to students
Somewhere today
a brother is helping someone ride a bike
Somewhere today
a mom is planting flowers
Somewhere today
everyone is sitting and being responsible and respectful
Somewhere today
a mom is fixing old toyS
Somewhere today
children are in class, listening and mailing books
Somewhere today
someone is selling food to support people
Somewhere today
someone is using a punching bag instead of hitting people
Somewhere today
someone is planting trees to make the world a better place
The world is a better place
by helping others.

by Mrs. Pardue’s First Grade Class

Somewhere Today

Somewhere today
someone is feeding the world
Somewhere today
people are donating their stuff to help with disasters
Somewhere today
toys are being delivered to children who don’t have them
Somewhere today
someone is writing a letter to a friend who is old
Somewhere today
someone is taking care of their pet
Somewhere today
someone is singing a song

by Mrs. Tewinkel’s Second Grade Class.

Poetry Friday: Flashlight Night

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Thank you, Matt, at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, for hosting Poetry Friday. And happy almost book birthday to FLASHLIGHT NIGHT.

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One of the nicest things waiting for me at school in August was a galley proof of Matt’s book.  Besides getting a sneak peek, I love that I can show students as part of the book making and publishing process.

Today, I shared with Mrs. L’s second-grade class.  There were lots of “oohs” and “aahs” over the words and illustrations.  Here are some comments:

‘The fence looks like the zombie apocalypse.” ~ Carter

“The cat is also the tiger.” ~ Amy

“It looks like a haunted house with the crooked fence.” ~Chase

“You can imagine things that aren’t real.” ~Lani

The author wants you to imagine”. ~Naomi

“I like to play hand puppets with a flashlight.” ~Morgan

I can’t wait to get the finished copy when it arrives on the shelves.  I absolutely love the work play and rhymes.

And Fred Koehler’s muted tones of the book makes you want to pour over the drawings for awhile.

Congratulations, Matt, for a stunning first book.  It’s going to be fun to compare the galley proof with the actual book.