Thursday, June 30, 2016

Poetry Friday - Celebrating Independence

       Tabatha Yeatts hosts Poetry Friday this week at her blog,  The Opposite of IndifferenceJoin everyone who's sharing poetry this Friday! Thanks, Tabatha!

          Happy Independence Day! Whatever you do this holiday, keep feeling blessed by all the people who are part of our country. 

          I discovered a picture book at the library this week that is new to me. Perhaps you know it, and it is just right for this holiday, a celebration of all those through history to today who are part of America's wealth in people. It's written by Karma Wilson and illustrated with fabulous art by Raúl Colón. This recipe for America is written in rhyme, the story is told by a dog and a cat, gathering ingredients, stirring and mixing to produce a special American Pie!

                  Here are pictures I've selected of some of the pages, including a few poems: 







         Enlarge to read the poems. As you read, you'll recognize that Karma Wilson has integrated parts of America The Beautiful into his poetry. 

        
         This page above is a favorite, immigrants with suitcases tumbling into a net, ready to be part of the "American Pie". 

          And here is the ending double-page spread, 

"And that's how to bake an American Pie
(First ever made on the fourth of July).

SERVES: just as many who wish to stop by.

          

27 comments:

  1. Perfect pick for the holiday, Linda! I like that favorite illustration of yours, too.

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha. The book is a nice surprise this holiday!

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  2. Mmmm, pie! I was not familiar with this title, Linda, but I am going to look for it at the library! Love the rhythm and rhyme of the text. Thanks for sharing. =)

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    1. You're welcome, Bridget. I was happy to find it! Happy Independence Day!

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  3. What an enticing book, both title and illustrations drew me in. Enjoy your holiday.

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    1. Thanks, Doraine, it was such a nice surprise and near this holiday!

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  4. A timely and charming book, Linda. I think it speaks to our strength as a nation of immigrants - and the illustrations are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! Happy Independence Day!

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  5. What a fun and perfect book for this celebratory weekend. Enjoy your Independence Day weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Violet. My son & family are in for the weekend, and it will be a nice one.

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  6. This whole book looks delicious, but I especially love that final spread. Thanks for sharing this, Linda. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine. I hope yours is a good one too. It's raining hard this Sat. morning, & I'm sorry for all those who have outdoor plans! I hope it stops!

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  7. Hooray hooray! Beyond my own delight I don't have any use for this book this weekend--but I will be using it throughout 2nd great next year! Thanks so much, Linda.

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    1. Terrific, Heidi. It will be a wonderful one to help talk about the election this fall. Hope you enjoy it!

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  8. I love Karma Wilson's work. I don't think I have read this one though. The illustrations look fantastic. I will check this one out from the library. Thanks.

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    1. You're welcome. It's a book worth checking out!

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  9. How lovely! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Raúl Colón's art with the story makes it quite wonderful. Thanks, Donna.

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  11. So glad to make this book's acquaintance here, Linda! Love the concept, the words, the glorious art... perfect for this weekend and always. Excited for those who will be taking the citizenship oath this Independence Day - I doubt most of us would be able to pass that test without major studying!
    Happy Fourth!

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    1. My school hosted a ceremony for new citizens one year. It was very special to be witness to them. Thanks, Robyn.

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  12. Happy Independence day. Great to see a book that seems to capture the essence of the day so nicely - and in poetry.

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  13. Thanks for featuring a new-to-me book!

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    1. You're welcome, Mary Lee. Hope you find and enjoy it!

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  14. A wonderful, timely post. Love the illustrations. Sorry my comment is less than timely. We had a busy 4th.

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