Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another leafy poem for autumn

Today's Poetry Friday round-up is at Cathy Mere's blog, Merely Day by Day.  Thanks Cathy!

          Earlier in the week I spent several hours outside on another beautiful autumn day, playing with photographing leaves falling, playing 'gotcha'.  Since then more leaves have been blowing around, falling, swirling, whirling-verb lists grow! I posted one photo I loved on FB, and now have written a second poem about it, too. I realize many of you have seen the picture, but it is such a lovely look, different than my other leafy pictures. I'm not tired of leaf poems yet, are you? I'm still discovering new, wonderful ones. See you here next week on Halloween!


in the garden.
Christmas popped in too soon.

The wind blew leaves to decorate 

the spruce.
Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

        Since you have one week left before Halloween, 
I want to give a shout-out for Charles Ghigna's Halloween Nights, Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems, illustrated spookily by Adam McCauley. I've had a great time recently sharing the poems with all ages.  If you don't have it, you should! I've already reviewed it, but wanted to tell about it again this week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Non-Fiction Beauties

Thanks to Alyson Beecher we can discover favorite non-fiction picture books every Wednesday when others link up on her blog, KidLit Frenzy

I had a good time with non-fiction books this week, some amazing books and interesting stories are available. Thanks to many of you who've shared these titles so I could enjoy them too!

Move! – by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
               It’s a book new to me by this team, a “gallop” through actions done by many animals. I imagine using this for descriptions in stories, a lesson in verbs. Jenkins uses clever wording to move from animal to animal. For example, a spider “dances to impress”, and then “floats away on a thread of silk.”  But the next animal connects, to “float”, a polar bear floating in the sea. There is additional information about each animal at the back, and the illustrations are the usual lovely collages.

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse – written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper
           Patricia MacLachlan has chosen to dig into Matisse’s life to discover why he painted the ways he did by focusing on his early life, living in a gray mill town in the north of France. He credited his mother for bringing color into his life (she painted plates and put beautiful red rugs on the dirt floors of their small cottage) and his father for giving him birds (he kept pigeons). It’s a lovely basic introduction for younger children to Matisse’s life. Hadley Hooper (Here Come The Girl Scouts!) explains her creative ideas for the illustrations in the author/illustrator page. And, there is some added information at the end.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn brings old memories

Time for the weekly Slice of Life at the Two Writing Teachers blog.  Tweet at #SOL14  Thanks Stacey, Tara, Dana, Beth, Anna and Betsy!

      I usually don't work Mondays, so today I played a little bit, taking pictures and really just being out in our fabulous fall weather. It was especially windy, and leaves blew, and blew, then blew some more. Some branches are stripped! My garden filled up with leaves, as did the evergreens. I posted a poem on Margaret Gibson's kidblog site, where they gave a challenge to write a choka, which is a double haiku, for the National Day Of Writing. Check it out from her students! That pushed me to sit in the yard and take a 'burst' of photos on my phone so I could capture leaves falling. See, I really did play! That one leaf in photo two looks like a butterfly!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Monday - Great Books Plus A Visit!

  Sheila at Book Journeys started It's Monday! What are you Reading?, a meme where bloggers share
recent books read. Then, Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Ricki and Kellee at Unleashing Readers started one with a children's focus. You should visit to discover some great books!

        Today, I'm excited to have my zeno poem posted at Michelle H. Barnes' Today's Little Ditty. If you haven't heard of this challenge by J. Patrick Lewis, head over to check out my poem and see if you'd like to try it, too.

Better Nate Than Ever – written by Tim Federle
            Now that I’ve finally met Nate Foster, I’ll need to read his next adventure, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  This was a fast read, partly because I couldn’t stop seeing how this thirteen year old was going to make it to NYC for the tryouts of ET, the Musical. His parents didn’t know, and the only one who does know, and who helps plan the escape, is his best friend, another one passionate about the theater, Libby Jones. This young boy, teased and stuffed into lockers, already being called ‘fairy’ by his older jock brother, holds onto what he loves, pushes past the hard things, and keeps his passion for musical theater no matter what. The story, including family troubles, meeting an aunt he hasn’t seen in years, the figuring out that “it’s now or never”, is terrific. It makes me want to put it into the hands of young students trying to figure out who they are.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Bit of Non-Fiction

            Thanks to Alyson Beecher we can discover favorite non-fiction picture books every Wednesday when others link up on her blog, KidLit Frenzy.  Come visit!

Goldie Takes A Stand, Golda Meir’s First Crusade – written by Barbara
Krashner and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
         I was lucky enough to read this book at my poetry workshop in their library. It is good to hear the story of a later world leader who did some fund-raising for a cause when she was only nine years old. Goldie Mabowehz became concerned that young immigrant children could not afford school books, so she formed a group and began the journey of raising money for those needy. It’s a story of persistence to do the right thing even when it seems impossible, to find new ideas when the first ones don’t work.