Archive of poetry

14Dec2018
Author
Jenny
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100 Book Challenge, poetry

Book #67: Life on Mars

The poet W. H. Auden said, "As readers, we remain in the nursery stage so long as we cannot distinguish between taste and judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can pass on a book are two: this I like; this I don't like. "For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five: I can see this is good and I like it; I can see this is good but I don't like it; I can see this is

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12Dec2018

Book #60: The Underneath

I’ve reviewed The Underneath by Kathi Appelt here, and it’s a pretty good summary, but I read it aloud to my kids over a year ago as well.  When I was writing the syllabus for my book discussion group, we had just read it aloud and I knew I wanted to introduce it to more young people in the world. It’s always easy to discuss a book based on what happened and who was in it. I wanted to ta

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26Jul2018

Book #13: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming

Oh man, two funny books in a row.  And funny poetry?  It’s like dessert!  What did I do to deserve such a delight? I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris and illustrated by Lane Smith was pure fun.  It’s mischievous and surprising, like the poem that give it the title.  My kids and I just died reading it out loud.  I

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Caught up in four sentences or less

Oh my, what a summer I've had.  Between preparing for a cross-country move, driving about two thousand miles for a wedding and a vacation, moving 1700 miles away to the East Coast, frantically unpacking and getting ready for school to start, writing reviews of books has been so low on my list it nearly fell off.  But I'm back!  I'm ready to get caught up and dive into reviews!  Instead of decl

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22Mar2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Kids, poetry
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Love That Dog, Hate That Cat

Poetry isn't always the easiest thing to teach to kids.  Heck, it isn't always the easiest thing to teach to adults either.  Most people can easily enjoy simple rhymes and clear word pictures, but anything slightly more abstract is harder to grasp.  Shannon Creech took this concept, the challenge of learning poetry, and turned it into two books of freestyle verse about a boy, Jack,

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18May2009
Author
Jenny
Category
Picture Books, poetry
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Haikus and an inside joke

Haikus are pretty cool, if you can understand what they mean. My favorite t-shirt of all time says:Haikus are easyBut sometimes they don't make sense.RefrigeratorI love the idea of writing haikus and being really, really good at it. Unfortunately, I'm more of a limerick kind of girl. I appreciate the skill that would take to write a whole book of haikus, specifically one just about birds, but i

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22Sep2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Picture Books, poetry
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Linda Ashman and her picture books that delight me

How is it that I haven't heard of Linda Ashman before now? She's been publishing books since 2001 and people have been raving about her all over the internet, but I heard of her first from a blog a few weeks ago and decided she was worth reading. What an understatement! She is amazing! Linda Ashman writes children's books that are such great fun that I read them to my kids and to myself over a

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27Feb2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Picture Books, poetry
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Poetry Buzz

I read in Honey for Child's Heart that you should read poetry to children so they can hear how beautiful language can be and get a taste for it. Does Shel Silverstein count? Because we sure read a lot of his poems. Since then, I've tried to make poetry a staple of our literary diet and my kids really enjoy it. We read other stuff but most of it is preposterously silly. Here's what we've sampl

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