Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poetry Treasure for Poetry Friday

      Tabatha Yeatts of The Opposite of Indifference is our wonderful host today on this final Poetry Friday of April. Today not only is Tabatha hosting, but sharing her marvelous poetry collection of imaginary places, from others and her own originals. Be sure to visit her double post today! 

         Considering all the poetry love that's happened and is still happening during April, I thought I'd share a treasure I received from my brother, who owns an antique store, and once in a while finds a book he keeps for me. The Children's Treasury, edited by May Hill is such a book. If you don't know May Hill, she later became May Hill Arbuthnot of the Arbuthnot Anthology and Children and Books, known for dedication all her life to children's literature. These two books above were my textbooks in my Children's lit class in college. 
         The Children's Treasury is just that, a treasure, filled with nursery rhymes, favorite poems from older times, animal stories and myths, short nature studies, and a few dramatizations. Each page is beautifully tinted or in black and white. In poetry, there are poems by Eugene Field, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kate Greenaway, Rose Fyleman, Amy Lowell, and a few anonymous treats. When a poet's name is unfamiliar, I've looked them up, and discovered new treasures. A poet I thought I'd share today is Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, a Norwegian writer and the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate the 1903 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in literature, and several sources named him as one of the four great Norwegian writers.  Because we've all been waiting for spring's wonder this year, Bjørnson's poem, The Tree is a beautiful little story to share. 

The Tree

Ready with leaves and with buds stood the tree.
"Shall I take them?" the frost said, now puffing with glee.
"Oh my, no, let them stand,
Till flowers are at hand!"
All trembling from tree-top to root came the plea.

Flowers unfolding the birds gladly sung.
"Shall I take them?" the wind said and merrily swung.
"Oh my, no, let them stand,
Till cherries are at hand!"
Protested the tree, while it quivering hung.

The cherries came forth 'neath the sun's glowing eye.
"Shall I take them?" a rosy young girl's eager cry.
"Oh my, yes, you can take,
I've kept them for your sake!"
Low bending its branches, the tree brought them nigh. 
Here is the book's cover and two other pages of illustrations:

May Hill writes: "For the children, we hope it will prove a solace on rainy days and an added joy on sunny ones. We hope it may grow to be one of those favorite books, so constantly in use that when other interests call, it remains the top book in the pile. Then it might deserve that delightful title that was once given to Mother Goose in the eighteenth century--"The Top Book of All."
        The book's copyright is 1923.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Progressive Poem Arrives - Line 24

           It’s my turn to add a line to Irene Latham’s annual Kidlitosphere PROGRESSIVE POEM, now the third one being written.  Find all about it here. And see where’s it’s been, and who will finish the week in the list on the sidebar. I’ve been reading and imagining what might be next each of the past twenty-three days, and now it’s time for me to step into this traveler’s shoes.     
             With peacocks and elephants, riding on eagle’s wings, following Irene’s advice, and packing sapphire eggs for the journey, my pack and thoughts are filled. I’m headed to the coast, ready for anything. (I think.) Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has brought a new idea to me, one of determination and affirmation, but then... I love surprises, and hope Michelle Barnes of Today’s Little Ditty likes them well enough too. She picks up the pack next.  There are only six days left!  Here's Line 24:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Non-Fiction Books for Writing

Non-fiction reading, poetry and a poem

I'm posting at Alyson Beecher's blog, Kid-Lit Frenzy for Non-Fiction Picture Book Wednesday. Thanks to Alyson, we have a group that shares terrific non-fiction!  Tweet at #nfpb2014.   

I Can Write A Book Called "If I could talk to animals..."- written and illustrated by
Bobbie Kalman
           This is a most awesome book for creating any kind of book, taking young students through the process step-by-step from choosing the animal one might wish to write about, all the way to creating all the important pages needed at the process end, like title page, dedication, table of contents, etc. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Goodbye Needed

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

         Many of you know that I had an estate sale last year and sold many things, things I had lived with for a long time, things I knew I no longer needed. I had moved into nearly the same space, minus a garage and a larger basement, but still I brought plenty with me. And my grown children took things too. Now, after a little more than a year, I am cleaning out more, and replacing some things. This post is about replacing cookie sheets. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monday Reading Pleasures Wrap-Up

                 Thanks to Jen at TEACH.MENTOR.TEXTS, and Ricki and Kellee at UNLEASHING READERS for hosting this community sharing!
 Tweet! at #IMWAYR

     The next two books fit the challenge to read more books from a Latino perspective. See more at Latin@s In Kid Lit here.

My Name Is Celia, The Life of Celia Cruz – by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael López
             I remember watching certain old tv shows when I was young, and loving the beat of Latino singers and watching them dance. This might have been one of them, but in my world, we didn’t know many famous singers who were from Cuba. This story, about her youth in Cuba in a loving home, hearing her father sing, and finally going off with her cousin to enter singing contests, is Celia Cruz’ story, the story of the singer who brought salsa to the US and to the world. She and her husband immigrated to the US at the time of the Cuban revolution, moved to New York City, and began her career. The book is gorgeously illustrated by Rafael López, famous for his murals that are seen in places all over America. His murals, known as magical realism, are vivid swirls of color that help tell the “also-vivid” story of Celia Cruz. The book is enhanced by its being bi-lingual.