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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!