Thanks Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink for hosting Poetry Friday this week.
Oh, my goodness. I have had an upper respiratory infection that I finally called “uncle” last week and went to the doctor. I had no energy to get a post written.
Today let’s talk about THINGS TO DO by Elaine Magliaro. It was a CYBILS Poetry nomination that got away as a finalist.
What I love about this book is the melding of the artwork by Catia Chien with Magliaro’s poetry. Her acrylic illustrations are moving and whimsical. The words sing and dance on the page. Some of the magic of the book also comes from book designer, Jennifer Tolo Pierce at Chronicle Books.
What I love is how Magliaro takes an extraordinary look through the eyes of a child at the ordinary. We see and imagine what we can do if we are those things.
Here are two of my favorite poems from the books. I photoed the pages because the plain text doesn’t truly show the book’s beauty.
Things to do if you are DAWN
Shoo away night
Wash the eastern sky with light.
Wake the sleeping sun:
Rise and shine!
Rouse resting roosters
Set songbirds singing
Left dreams drift away
Start a new day.
Things to do if you are an
Be pliable and pink.
If I draw before I think
Rub out every mistake
That I happen to make.
That’s what your job’s all about.
Wear yourself out!
It’s a fabulous book to have in any collection.
Title: THINGS TO DO
Author: Elaine Magliaro
Illustrator: Catia Chien
Reading Level: Kids of all ages
Source: From the Clackamas County Library
My fib response:
you are a
POEM dance with
the words on the page
twirl and spin, create a vision
from the unseen worlds
©jone rush macculloch