I hear that it is National Poetry Month. I’m seeing and hearing poetry everywhere. Bloggers are posting poems, teachers are teaching poems, students are writing poems, reviewers are reviewing books of poems. So this week at the library, we picked out a couple of interesting books of poems to read with the kids.
Toad by the Road, A Year in the Life of These Amazing Amphibians was written by Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Maggie Kneen. It was published by Henry Holt and Co. in 2007.
It begins with Spring – Summer and goes through the seasons of the year with poems about toads. Each page has a poem and at the bottom of the page is a short natural history lesson about toads. Nice.
I really like this book! The illustrations are softly realistic, the poems are quite Rhythmic and whimsical. (I like that word, whimsical!) I like this one —
Old Toad’s Warning
With wide-eyed care.
Be sure to look
Don’t stop ….
Now isn’t that awesome! What a fun way to learn about such silly creatures as toads!
Once I Ate a Pie is by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest and illustrated by Katy Schneider. It was published by Joanna Cotler Books in 2006. Ms MacLachlan has written several books that I like especially.
Now, this is a book of poems from dogs. 13 in all. The poems are free form and ramble around the pages. They’re fun to read and fun to look at. The illustrations are really nice. They look just like dogs! And they are illustrations of real dogs – named Smudgey, Rudy, Crazy Earl, Honey Baby, Enzo, Frozzie, Clyde, Sugar, Ella, and Wupsi! ( This according to the book jacket back flap. Some of the names attached to the poems are different?) In the poems they chase snowflakes, watch their people, sleep on their people’s pillows, play cute, run and bark, borrow things, sniff things, and eat pies. In other words, they all do dog things! I ate a chocolate cake one time. Every single crumb. And I sure did enjoy it! Until the Mom Person made me throw it all up. It wasn’t as much fun coming up as it was going down. But now I know that I have to be sneakier about forays into the kitchen.
Both of these books are very good. They are funny and cute and informative. You should check them out.
One of the classes that I have been visiting this week is writing limericks. Here is the one that I came up with while I was working really hard.
Rhythm is a Lab with a mission.
They caught her out doing some fishin’.
But instead of a hook
She was using a book
And wishin’ for kids to come listen.
What have you written today?
I love frogs (and toads)! I love poetry – what a great combination.
And you’re not too shabby yourself… cute limerick.
Thanks Ms Heavenrich! The toad book is really great. It not only has cute poems and cute pictures, it has real factual information as well! Can’t beat that!
Very nice Rhythm! You are SO good at your job.
Super Limerick! Both books sounds great, I love the word ‘whimsical’ too. The dog book should be scratch and sniff and smell of dog lol.
Hahahahaha!! Yes for scratch and sniff! The book has a brown label on the front that made me think it might be scratch and sniff and I got all excited. But it just smelled like paper and had a paw print on it.
Chocolate cake??!! Oh boy! So yummy, but stuff will do you in. Once I ate Mom’s medicine. FYI – also better going in than coming out. Mom started a new poem today. It’s about twins.
Love and I wish I could lick a frog,,
I gobble my medicine up, but I’ve never tried the people’s medicine. Thanks for the advice! Do you have a twin that your Mom Person would want to write about twins? I’ll be looking forward to seeing that poem. Stay away from those frogs — they’re actually pretty yucky. And this is from a girl who doesn’t find much that I would consider yucky.
Rhythm looks awfully close taking a bite out of Once I Ate a Pie! Such a fun one:)
I was thinking it might at least smell like pie! It is a fun book even with no fun smells.
Awesome limerick. You should start a limerick review section!
hahaha! that would be fun! I’d probably be laughing and snorting too much.
Enjoyed the poetry books you shared today. Fun poems. Oh my, chocolate cake. Lucky you Mom knew what to do — I wouldn’t.
Both of these are fun books. I think that you would like them. I don’t know about lucky. Everyone always tells me that chocolate is bad for dogs, but that stuff she squirted down my throat sure was a lot worse than that cake! Yuck!
Cute! I love this! I have to get that “Once I Ate a Pie” 😀
If you like dogs, you’ll like that book! It’s very insightful!
I like frogs (and dogs) and poems! Yay, cool choice, Rhythm!
Thanks Ms Marple! I’m glad you think so! I think you would like these books!
“Once I Ate a Pie,” is now on hold for me at the library. It looks like a very fun book! Thank you so much for the recommendation!
Yay! I don’t know if you have a dog or not, but if you do you’ll especially appreciate these poems and if you don’t you might learn something! i hope you enjoy this book!
I must get Once I Ate A Pie, it looks so fun. I love your last limerick. Books instead of hooks!!!
Thanks!! I think all of you at the zoo will like this book!
Hi Rhythm … you’ve inspired me to try a limerick … about you!
Rhythm is a lab with books;
when kids read, it’s him they hook.
He’ll do it all day,
don’t tempt him to play.
Come by sometime for a look!
Thank you for stopping by the Corner on Character and leaving your kindness paw print!
hahaha! That is one fine limerick! You inspire me every day Ms Gruener!
Both books look great! It’s time for me to freshen up my class poetry books so I appreciate you sharing these:)