Thank you, Matt, at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, for hosting Poetry Friday. And happy almost book birthday to FLASHLIGHT NIGHT.
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.
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.
Don’t forget to sign up for the CYBILS.
My niece moved to NYC last August. She introduced her son to fireflies last week. They are such magical creatures. Hereś a Jacqueline Woodson poem.
Thank you to Mary Lee at A Year of Reading who’s hosting Poetry Friday.
tall and long
eating, feeding, caring
sitting down on the ground
hiding drinking running
fast and spots
Hiding, walking, jumping
has black fur sometimes looks like Darth Vader
short tail they look like a mountain lion
~ Brooklyn H.
black and yellowish
hunting, eating, hiding
you look like an eel
playing, running, sleeping
bobcats have fur that has spots
jumping, running, sleeping
bobcats are named for their bobbed tail
pacing, building, fighting
bobcats have sharp claws that are for fighting
eating, killing, playing
6 to 10 feet
waiting, killing, surprising
Poetry Friday is being held at Teaching Authors. Thank you, JoAnn.
What a month it’s been. So full of poetry.