Thursday, February 9, 2017

Poetry Through A Day - New Book

         Katie hosts today's Poetry Friday at her blog, The Logonauts.  Thanks, Katie!


Have a Happy Valentine's Day next week!
           Wednesday, I had the pleasure of sharing Laura Purdie Salas' new book that arrives March 1st, a beautiful non-fiction poetry book about the moon. The title, If You Were The Moon, illustrated by Jaime Kim. You can read that post here.

           I'm posting twice today because it's #nf10for10 day with Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek. If you are interested, read the post today, and find the links to see what others are sharing. Cathy explains it here.



     I've enjoyed Elaine's poetry for a long time. She is especially talented in showing what any object thinks, or does, in poetic ways. I read the poems and am in awe of the new ways she looks at the world. 

     This time, the poems are about everyday objects and what they do when we look at them through their eyes. 
      Catia Chien creates dreamy illustrations for each double-page spread. Elaine begins to show us wonders with the day's beginning, She begins each part with "Things to do if you are. . ." 
     This first page shows "Things to do if you are Dawn" and begins "SHOO away the night." Sunlight streams through a window as a young child opens curtains to greet the day. Seeing this, you know it's going to be an exciting journey throughout the day.    

    
      Another favorite part takes TWO double page spreads, to show "Things to do if you are an ACORN". One thing is to "wear a bumpy, round cap."  It ends delightfully with "Then, in spring, SPROUT. Let a little OAK out."  On a SKY page, Elaine asks the sky, "Don't grow grumpy, gray, and frown."
        I won't reveal the last page, but it connects to Laura's book above. It ends this beautiful day, of course, with the moon. 
        Not everything happens during the day in nature. Here's one page captured showing another kind of action:




            I loved reading and seeing each page, and believe this would make a lovely entry into poetry for young writers. What might they say if they imagined what "something" would do? 


If you're interested in the big moon events Friday night, look here!

41 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing about this book, Linda! After your description, I am especially excited to see those acorn spreads! xo

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    1. It's a lovely book I think young children will adore, Irene. Thanks!

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  2. Elaine is so talented, and I'm so happy to have a peek at her new book. I know a few Kindergarten classes who will love it. Thank you for sharing it with us, Linda!

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    1. You're welcome, Catherine. They will love it!

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  3. I love this book and am looking forward to featuring it soon at AS. It's wonderful to have an entire collection of Elaine's poetry after reading her blog for so long.

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    1. I'm excited that you are sharing it, too, Jama!

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  4. Linda, thanks for highlighting my first book! It was a labor of love. I was so fortunate to have an artist like Catia Chien illustrate THINGS TO DO.

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    1. You're welcome, Elaine. I loved it, as you see from my review. Congratulations again!

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  5. This looks like a wonderful book! Writing about ordinary, everyday things is such a gift.

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    1. I agree, Leigh Anne. Elaine can do that so very beautifully.

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  6. What a lovely book...and invitation to imagine and write, too. It reminds me of Valerie Worth's Small Poems, which also take a close look at ordinary objects.

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    1. Yes, they do take that same wonderful way of looking in new ways, Kay.

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  7. Great teasers. Can't wait to see the books for myself.

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    1. It is one to have to read and smile, often, Brenda.

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  8. I have a wonderful collection of Elaine's fall poetry that I frequently used for a bulletin board. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Requesting it now. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is. Hope you enjoy every page, Jane.

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  10. Thank you for this peek at Elaine's book, Linda. I can't wait to read it!

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    1. You're welcome, Michelle. It's a gem!

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  11. On my "things to do" list: get THINGS TO DO. Great review, Linda. I'm excited to read Elaine's book. =)

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    1. Ha! Hope you make it down the list! Thanks, Bridget!

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  12. This looks like such a wonderful book!

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    1. It is, Ruth. Hope you enjoy it soon!

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  13. Before I got to the end of your post I was thinking that this book is such a perfect pairing to 'If You Were the Moon'. Makes me want to get my hands on THINGS TO DO too. Thanks for the review. I need to stop before you say ewwwwwwwwwwww!

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    1. You're right, Linda, about the pairing. I thought of sharing both today, but wanted to be sure to share Laura's book to the non-fiction group. They are both ones that everyone will enjoy for a long time.

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  14. Thanks for this enticing review. It's always good to hear of another publication by a Poetry Friday-er!

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    1. It is great, isn't it, Violet. I'm glad you enjoyed this 'peek', and hope you'll find the book, soon!

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  15. Linda, thanks for all the goodies today. The new poetry book looks like children will be enthralled with it. I missed the moon when I was in yoga. My husband said it was magnificent.

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    1. Ingrid and I saw it this early evening, Carol. We didn't see it rise, but a little later. It was wonderful. Thanks!

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    2. Linda, i am glad that you saw the moon with Ingrid. She must have been delighted. Have a wonderful week.

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  16. Elaine's book is gorgeous! Thank you for your excellent review of it here.

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Enjoy when you can. There are so many wonderful books from long ago and coming out now. We are lucky!

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  17. I'm jealous that you got an early peek at Elaine's and Laura's books!

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    1. Both terrific, Mary Lee. I imagine you'll see them soon! Thanks!

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  18. Such a charming poem, Linda - this would be a wonderful poetry lesson.

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    1. Thank, Tara, I agree about the lesson. It would be lots of good poetry practice!

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  19. Thanks for the peek, Linda & Elaine - "Let a little OAK out" - marvelous! :0)

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    1. I loved that too as you can see. Thanks, Robyn.

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  20. Oh boy, I am looking forward to this! Does the book mention Bobbi Katz, whom I think is the originator of this form?

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    1. It's great, Heidi, but 'no', I looked and it did not mention Bobbi.

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