Thursday, April 22, 2021

April - Poetry Month - Day 22 - Sometimes Color


 
         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!  

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.” 

Happy Earth Day! "I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." - Henry David Thoreau, "Walking"

 



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

April - Poetry Month - Day Twenty-One - Is it Missing?

 

 
         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!  

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.” 



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

April - Poetry Month - Day Twenty - Oak Leaves

 


         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!  

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.” 



Monday, April 19, 2021

It's Monday - Get Ready for Earth Day!

    Visit Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders and 

  
Jen at Teach Mentor Texts to see what they and others have been reading! Your TBR lists will grow! Happy Reading! 

        Earth Day is Thursday!  
 


       It is lovely to meet Merci Suárez again, this time in seventh grade, the family, the friends, and listening to Merci's worries figuring out, well, life. I taught this age for many years and while I didn't know "all" their thoughts, I knew some. Merci's voice (from Meg Medina) shows early adolescent worries with sympathy and I imagine will connect beautifully with same-age readers. I love the ups and downs with this family who live in three connected houses they call Las Casitas, Merci's home with her parents, that of her Tia Inés with twin boys, and her grandparent's home, with her Abuela and Lolo, her grandfather who she discovered has Alzenheimers in the last book. Layers of love and the puzzlement of how that all works from Merci fill the book with surprises and a most important part to me, that no one is perfect, often people make mistakes. They just have to decide what they'll do next. There is much for readers to love about Meg Medina's story, and about Merci.       

            Thanks to Candlewick Press for Merci Suarez Can't Dance plus the following books, just ready to celebrate and to help take care of our dear Earth!

         Remember Go to Sleep, Little Farm?  This time, Mary Lyn Ray tells the life of a lovely house full of memories until the last family leaves. It remembers the children and the wonderful noises they make, babies born and growing up, birthday parties, fun on a swing. It's lonely. E.B. Goodale, who illustrated Windows, creates the beauty of this house's story in soft painting and small scrapbook sketches, happiest of times along with quiet and lonesome times. Filled with nostalgia, the book will make you wonder what other memories might be in your own home if it's older or the ones you might be making for it right now if you're the latest family, or the first one.

           First published by Big Picture Press in the UK, Bonnier Press, last year, here in the US in 2021. 
           If you want extensive information, this book by Camilla De La Bedoyere, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup is the springboard. It, of course, defines just what a reptile is but so much more. There are pages showing and explaining the breadth of this amazing 'family' from the ancient dinosaurs like Pteranodons to the "crocodilians", the "lizards", and the "snakes". It includes where they live, specific species like the Komodo Dragon, what and how they eat. One page toward the end discusses those in danger of extinction. The page about parenting skills is fascinating in the details known. Finally, Teckentrup's illustration of a leatherback turtle's journey is beautifully shown in one vertical double-page. It will terrific to begin learning about reptiles from this book.

 First published in the Czech Republic in 2013, now translated by Andrew Lass, and published this year in the US! It's all about the bees, as it says on the cover, "A Honey Primer". I'm a sucker for a bear book and this is terrific by a writer and illustrator new to me, Aneta Frantiska Holasová. Bruno inherited beehives from a grandfather and between him and his grandmother, the story tells every.single.part of how beekeeping works. From what bees are, varied kinds and their jobs, to bee parasites and predators, how to gather the honey (with 'supers') and take care of the hives (all the parts), extra things beneficial to humans, and every season's chores, that area is explained. What also makes this non-fiction book extraordinary is that Holasová uses bears to show the 'how-tos' in lovely sepia tones in and out of their home, a delightful telling of this bear family's work with bees. There is an index and a recipe for gingerbread cookies at the end.

          For anyone who loves Peppa Pig adventures or if you'd love a new Earth Day book that shows off activities that help the Earth, this new one is for you. We see the family preparing for a fun trip to their Botanical Gardens by sorting recycling, talking about compost bins particularly. Outside, Daddy Pig shows off his new "electric car" (named Roger) that later shows off its ability to drive itself. There are also windmills and some pages about bees at those gardens. This will help all young readers learn about Earth Day and things to do to help our Earth!

April - Poetry Month - Day Nineteen - Scraps Helped

 

It's April. It's Poetry Month!  

         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!  

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     



Sunday, April 18, 2021

April Poetry Month - Day Eighteen - Weed Birds


It's April. It's Poetry Month!  

         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!
              Today is my turn! Go HERE!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     



The Progressive Poem is HERE!



           The Annual Progressive Poem idea was created in 2012 by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem. Last year Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche started hosting the round-up and at the same time, Donna Smith at Mainely Write began a fun option to offer two lines to the next person, then that person chooses one of those to add to the poem, then creates two for whoever is next.   

       This year's poem started with a theme of kindness and a sprinkle of play. Now, I've received two awesome lines from Tricia Stohr Hunt, and as I create this intro, I'm thinking . . .  

          Here are the two lines Tricia wrote for me:

We'll be swingers of birches and climbers of trees.


OR

We'll lie on our backs and find shapes in the sky.


          And here is the poem thus far with the line I chose from Tricia. A favorite pastime out walking is cloud/sky watching!

 

I’m a case of kindness – come and catch me if you can!

Easily contagious – sharing smiles is my plan.

I'll spread my joy both far and wide

As a force of nature, I’ll be undenied. 


Words like, "how can I help?" will bloom in the street.

A new girl along on the playground – let’s meet, let’s meet!

We can jump-skip together in a double-dutch round.

Over, under, jump and wonder, touch the ground.


Friends can be found when you open a door.

Side by side, let’s walk through, there’s a world to explore.

We’ll hike through a forest of towering trees.

Find a stream we can follow while we bask in the breeze.


Pull off our shoes socks, dip our toes in the icy spring water

When you’re with friends, there’s no have to or oughter.

What could we make with leaves and litter?

Let's find pine needles, turn into vine knitters.


We'll lie on our backs and find shapes in the sky.


And, finally, drum roll ------------- my two lines for Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link!


There’s a bear and some angels; we move on with a sigh.  

 

or

We giggle together: See the bird! Now we fly!


Happy Writing, Carol!



Here's the list of all the poets:

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers 

2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman 
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch 
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method 
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

Saturday, April 17, 2021

April - Poetry Month - Day Seventeen - A Wake-up


It's April. It's Poetry Month!  

         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     


during quarantine,

chiming coral bells

woke me up for spring 

                  Linda Baie ©




 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

April - Poetry Month - Day 16 - Poetry Friday - Spruce (Shadows or Sunlight)

 

It's April. It's Poetry Month!  And it's Poetry Friday with Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup! She's sharing a wonderful post about Carol Ann Duffy the UK Poet Laureate, whose poem about poetry is a lovely thing this April poetry month. Thanks very much, Jama!


         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”   Today, I've written a tanka.

























Changes by sunlight

in the garden’s corner spruce,

then I look again.

Shadows create magic, too.

Contemplating calls for tea.

Linda Baie ©



April - Poetry Month - Day Fifteen - Those Rabbits

 

It's April. It's Poetry Month!  


         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     


rabbits picnic

on new tender grass,

frozen by footfalls

Linda Baie © 


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April - Poetry Month - Day Fourteen - Birthdays

 

It's April. It's Poetry Month!  


         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     

         Impermanent, incomplete, a young child begins her thirteenth year. This is nature's world, too.


birthday girl Ingrid

moving forward again –  

always smiling

Linda Baie ©

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

April Poetry Month - Day Thirteen - Paying Attention

It's April. It's Poetry Month!  


         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     


nature illustrates

the dictionary,

dappled

Linda Baie ©


Monday, April 12, 2021

It's Monday - Love These Books

   Visit Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders and 

  
Jen at Teach Mentor Texts to see what they and others have been reading! Your TBR lists will grow! Happy Reading! 

       Today - some new books, a group by one author, and preparing for Earth Day with books from Candlewick Press. Sorry for the long post but it was a great week of reading!

          Last week for Poetry Friday, I shared Spi-Ku, a clutter of short verse on eight legs by Leslie Bulion on the blog tour. Don't miss this new non-fiction poetry book. It is terrific!


         These next two chapter books tell what's it's like NOT to be seen as people with feelings and people who want you to respect WHO they are instead of WHO you believe they should be. 


          I've read that others read this book in a day and so did I! Ellie, too often known as Splash because of a big jump into the pool at her fifth birthday party, the name given by her older sister. She navigates the bullying by following her "Fat Girl Rules", which mean not standing out as much as possible. I'm sad to write that not only is she continually bullied at school but also by her mother and her siblings. In her author's note, Lisa Fipps writes she believes some will say that this definitely is fiction because no one could be so cruel as described in the story. However, Fipps also says that a variation of every single mean thing in the book happened to her when she was a child. I also enjoyed that Lisa Fipps included a bit about bullies themselves and others besides fat people who endured name-calling and frightening experiences. Perhaps we all need to learn where hate begins?
          With support from two friends and her dad, finally, also a therapist who helps Ellie recover her true name and her wonderful self, there is hope for Ellie and a whole lot of others (kids and adults) to be WHO they are. If I was still teaching, this would be my first read-aloud of the year! Or perhaps the one that could carry all my students into summer!
         FYI, poet friend Jone MacCullough shares a terrific interview with Lisa Fipps HERE!

       
          This is both a wonderful and enlightening read along with a heartbreaking one. Susan Haas, mother to Lexi Haas and with Lexi has written Lexi's story of a medical mistake, then covered up, that left Lexi with brain damage. It took her ability to control movements and to speak. Thankfully, she could still think and remained a smart young girl who tells her own story with humor, anger, and a willingness to live her life "who" she is, not who others might want her to be. She was born with jaundice, something other babies do as well. But it was not taken care of by her doctor and because of that, she suffered from "kernicterus" which you can find out more about at www.kernicterus.org. The story follows her journey from five years old, alternating with chapters at thirteen, awaiting a new kind of brain surgery which she hopes will help her regain some abilities. The love and support of family and friends are key and realistically shown. Lexi's not always helpful when others want her to be. Although that's true, her ability for demanding what she knows is important for her needs also demands respect and admiration. She does not quit. Learning that each one of us is a person with wants and needs, quirks and defects is a wonderful thing for all of us. This book would be a marvelous book to share with a class of middle-schoolers and up, as a read-aloud or in a book group. Thanks to Penny Candy Books for the advanced copy!
  

April Poetry Month - 2021 - Day Twelve - Waterfall


It's April. It's Poetry Month!  

         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     


water rushing,

a swim only in my mind –

splash upon splash 

Linda Baie ©


Sunday, April 11, 2021

April Poetry Month - Day Eleven - The View

 

It's April. It's Poetry Month!  

         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     


at one place,

I stop for the view –

weaving tomorrows

Linda Baie ©

Saturday, April 10, 2021

April - Poetry Month - Day Ten - Discovering


It's April. It's Poetry Month!  

         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Susan Bruck's blog: Soul Blossom Living!
         
          Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!

           TIME TO CELEBRATE POETRY! 

My Plan: “I’m exploring the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, sometimes described as one that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. I think walking out in nature this past year gave me the joy needed to keep going, so I’ve gathered photos taken since March 2020 for inspiration in composing haigas, sometimes other forms.”     


in a sidewalk crack

dandelion speaks spring –

a sunny smile

Linda Baie ©