Thursday, April 18, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Eighteen, Begins with R - Rhythm

 Happy Poetry Month!  


        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

It's also "Poem in your Pocket Day"!  And the letter is R! I'm reaching a little bit, perhaps, but I'm going with R is for RECITE, REMEMBER, and, RHYTHM!



What’s In Your Pocket?   

 

I’m waiting for the words today

you’ve pushed into your pocket.

Is the poem a favored tale,

or new words you won’t forget?

 

Does it speak of trees or blooms, 

something growing in the ground?

Does it keep a rhythm when 

you tap tap out the sound?

 

I hope you’ve memorized the lines.

Kept close these treasured works of art.

Instead of tucked in folds of cloth,

you’ll keep them tucked inside your heart.


                               Linda Baie ©


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

April - Poetry Month - Day Seventeen - Q is for Question

 Happy Poetry Month!



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        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

       Q is for "Question"

photo from Stocktake

             

What does a child know?

         At school, you line up in a row.

         A ball’s to bounce and catch and throw,

         and most things happened long ago.

 

What does a child know?

         Of whispers saying ‘grow, grow’,

         but yearns to learn the facts that show

         why minutes travel awful slow.


                                       Linda Baie ©




Tuesday, April 16, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Sixteen, Begins with P – Performance

     Happy Poetry Month!



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        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

     This is Day 16, a word that starts with P - I chose "Performance".  Can you imagine?


 Performance of a Showoff 

 

The centipede, without dismay

demands applause in a special way.

Its many legs help it refine

the one-bug musical chorus line.

Linda Baie ©


Monday, April 15, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Fifteen - PLUS - It's Monday - Poetry for Young Ones!

                

        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 Poetry Month!


        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in varied ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

       I'm on a different path because today's Alphabet letter is O, and O is for Opposites! Charles Ghigna, whose poems are often for all ages, has this time written a book for young ones, and also for those beginning readers who will love a story with a few words to learn along with a delightful story that will make them smile. The title, The Magic Box, publishes at the end of this month! 

      Pandora, a cute panda, is out for a walk and finds a box. "Hmm", I'm sure she thinks, what could this be? "She picked it up. /She put it down." After a bit more exploration, wow, the box begins to talk! In this journey, that "magic box" tells about itself in brief phrases that are also small poems,  like "I like NIGHT." and "I like DAY." followed by "I go LEFT." and "I go RIGHT." Jacqueline East's illustrations are color-filled with fun expressions and actions! She also leaves enough white space so young readers' centers of attention are of Pandora's and the Box's actions. Also, that space helps the focus on new words being read, too. 

  One peek inside!


Thanks to Schiffer Publishing Ltd. for my copy!



It's Monday! Preparing for Earth Day! And More!

         

        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! 

         You know I've been taking a long time reading The Many Assassinations of Samar, The Seller of Dreams. It hasn't called me to hurry up, so this week, because of having to return it soon, I started and finished Heroes by Alan Gratz.


         I know a lot about Pearl Harbor. My father was a WWII pilot and was shot down later in the war in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Thus, as I grew up I learned so much from all my family, and have read quite a bit of this time of history, too. But I don't remember the ground-shaking details of that attack by the Japanese that Gratz tells in this new history, the horrible scenes, and the aftermath, too. In this, two upper-middle-school-age boys, Frank and Stanley, whose dads are pilots, have cemented their friendship because Frank loves to write and Stanley loves to draw. They have exciting plans to do comic books with their own "superhero"! Caught in what they thought would be an awesome tour of the Utah battleship from Frank's sister's boyfriend, Brooks, the Japanese attack began. It's a terrifying account that, if you like historical fiction, is a must-read. The story is compounded by the fact that Stanley is half-Japanese, not a good thing at all. And, throughout the story, nothing is easy for Frank because in his previous school and neighborhood, he was bullied continuously, learning to hide with as little confrontation as possible, imagining every tiny thing in varying circumstances that could go wrong. Their friendship is not always easy, but it is one to look at and admire. It's another special book of history for middle school, with a sweet surprise at the end and added information from Gratz, including a glossary.

         I'm writing and posting a poem every day for April, Poetry Month. I hope you will visit when you can! Today, I'm connecting my poetry post here, too, with a wonderful new book by Charles Ghigna. 

         Next Monday is Earth Day, and I'll share a few more books then, too. Meanwhile, here are some recent ones I've loved, some of my own, some from the library, and others from Candlewick Press!

Thanks to Candlewick Press for this copy!

         I've loved other books by Liz Garton Scanlon, especially one from years ago titled All The World! There, like this new one just out, Liz shows us the beauty of our natural world. Oh, my, Liz gives us readers a loving message with the help of the gorgeous illustrations by Dominique Ramsey. This time, she tells how everything is connected, the smallest start to the biggest growth, trees and seeds, water and clouds. All are a part of the earth. I love the story, including humor, like when she writes, "and Cloud cannot contain herself." And the unique way the story lets the 'growing' characters in the story are sometimes allowed to share their own opinion of things that grow. "But wind... / (Whoa! says Tree.)/Wind grows stronger." Fire is there, too, some sadness and something helpful. The ending, along with all the rest, is powerful. What a lovely book to have for starting Earth Day celebrations. 



Thanks to Candlewick Press for this copy!

           No surprise! Emily Sutton's illustrations fill this new book by Nicola Davies with GREEN! Pages of abundant landscapes help Davies explain how photosynthesis works, from the tiniest chloroplasts in leaves that process sunshine into sugar and oxygen to those tiny tubes in the veins that bring water from the roots. The opposite, and needed, process, is respiration, giving living things needed oxygen. One wonderful page shows the path from animals' eating habits to their dependence on plants "for the food they make and the oxygen they breathe out". A history of the earth, including a tiny timeline, explains this need while starting at the very beginning when there was no oxygen and the journey to the creation of what we now call 'fossil fuels', both useful and detrimental. There are ways to change and scientists know them. It's a useful journey of our Earth wonderfully explained for use in classrooms or at home and the need, the dire need, for GREEN!



Thanks to Candlewick Press for this copy!

       The creators of Step Gently Out and other books, too, Helen Frost and Rick Lieder, write and photograph, The Mighty Pollinators. These early words start us off:  "Here come the pollinators,/small and mighty,/holding the world together." Rick's exquisite photographs accompany Helen's poems from bees to bats, and wasps to butterflies. If you sneeze when outside in the spring, Helen writes" "You may not see me,/but you know I'm here/when I brush past your skin./Strong and fierce/or soft and gentle, I'm pollen's good friend–/I'm the wind."        
        Even humans play a part! The back includes information about pollen, including "what it is" and "how we humans can help." What a lovely and just-right book for now!
        

        I still have this book, published in 1998. I hope you can find a copy if you would like a wonderful book of poems and stories telling both the special things about our earth and the destructive things that are hurting it. Ready for Earth Day, hoping everyone can find it. It came out many years ago, still a treasure to share about our earth! Here's a partial list of those whose writings are included: Steinbeck, Leopold, Muir, Schweitzer, Ovid, Tolstoy, Cather, Attenborough, Kipling, Hardy, Douglas Adams, Edward O. Wilson, Chekov, Lorenz, Julian Huxley and Paton are included (among others). 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Fourteen - Starts with N

       Happy Poetry Month!



If you'd like the poster, go here!
 


        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

     This is Day 14, a word that starts with N - I chose "News", and this time, thinking of the very different way we communicate with family some of the time. You'll see when you read the poem!


a screenshot of a few of the texts my 
family shared on eclipse day



New News

 

family phone calls 

news hums over the wires

words like hugs

 

now love What’s up?

texts sent in a breeze

no wires needed

Linda Baie © 



Saturday, April 13, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Thirteen, M - Mothers and Music

      Happy Poetry Month!

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        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

       It was my mother's birthday a few days ago and Mother's Day is in a few weeks. The prompts today, among others, are "mother" and "music".  When I was little, my mother sang the old lullaby, "Too Ra, Loo Ra, Loo Ral" to me and it remains a vivid memory. Then, looking through some old sheet music, a part of one page held these lyrics, seeming serendipitous since I spend my growing up years in Missouri. Thus, the nod to music in two ways and to my mother.


Mama Tunes  

 

Sweet and low,

rock-a-bye,

hush now,

don’t you cry.

 

Toora loora

            lullaby, goodnight.            

Don’t say a word,

I’ll tuck you tight.

 

Hush little baby,

drowsy hours are creeping.

Come lie adrift

in moonbeams streaming.

 

Mother sang

these songs to me.

Still rocking me

in memories.

              Linda Baie ©  


Thursday, April 11, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Twelve, It's LOVE

     Happy Poetry Month!

          It's Poetry Friday, too, and Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting HERE on her brand new, wonderful website, with a couple of interviews you'll want to read! Thanks for hosting, Jone!

If you'd like the poster, go here!
 


        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

      Spring brings all kinds of thoughts and observations, and April is Poetry Month. This time, I admit I'm sharing an old poem. I wrote it years ago when Matt Forrest Esenwine was offering a challenge he called "Poetry Cubed." It remains a favorite of mine for spring.

     Sit. Look long into that bloom.

Place its picture show in your mind,

the first love story. 


Linda Baie ©



April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Eleven, Kite

    Happy Poetry Month!



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        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

     Today's prompt - Kite


What A Kite Means

 

I wander around a lake

as the wind blows clouds

across the sky.

 

Geese fly in to shelter;

the duck pair I see often

huddle near the bank.

 

The other side holds

a playground – empty now,

and a runner leans into the wind.

 

An older man wearing a hoodie

stands alone in the field

flying a kite.

 

I wonder if he’s that young boy

still inside,

flying kites, then, too?

 

Linda Baie ©

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Ten - Jewels

   Happy Poetry Month!



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        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic! It's my day to add the line!



      This is Day Ten, the prompt is Jewels!


Wikimedia Commons - unknown author


Ideas collect and mix with my own.

Thoughts rise in slow bubbles:

the jewels of today.

I stir and swirl them in the air.   


             Linda Baie ©



 

     

The Progressive Poem is Here!

 


The Kidlit Progressive Poem started with Irene Latham's idea to celebrate National Poetry Month in 2012, to bring us together in poetry, writing one poem! Margaret Simon started managing all of us in 2020. Thanks to them both for both creating and continuing this special tradition! Each writer who volunteers creates a new line of the poem.

Patricia Franz started with a couplet, and it continued until Margaret combined those into quatrains. We're a third of the way through the month. Will these two children face bigger challenges and find some care within the group? Will they find what they're hoping for? 


Here is the poem so far, my lines in bold.

cradled in stars, our planet sleeps,
clinging to tender dreams of peace
sister moon watches from afar
singing lunar lullabies of hope.

almost dawn, I walk with others,
keeping close, my little brother.
hand in hand, we carry courage
escaping closer to the border.

My feet are lightning;
My heart is thunder.
Our pace draws us closer
to a new land of wonder.

I bristle against rough brush --
poppies ahead brighten the browns.
Morning light won't stay away --
Hearts jump at every sound.
I hum my own little song
like ripples in a stream

Humming Mami’s lullaby

reminds me I have her letter

 

Passing this on to Buffy Silverman HERE tomorrow!




Tuesday, April 9, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Nine, Invitation

  Happy Poetry Month!



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        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

     Day Nine is for I. The prompt asked for an Invitation!


dandelion spring seeds

invitation for a child –

prepped for travel -

         Linda Baie ©

 



Monday, April 8, 2024

April - Poetry Month - 2024, Day Eight - "How to"

  Happy Poetry Month!



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        I'm taking the advice from the poet who has given so much to help us all, including students and teachers, write poetry. I'll be moving from A to Z, obviously needing to combine a few to make it all come out to 30. FYI—Sometimes, Paul Janeczko offers a prompt to write a poem that begins with the specific alphabet letter instead of a poem type. It will be fun to be open to writing in all kinds of ways!

       You can find the path to the Progressive Poem over to the right! Simply click on the graphic!

       The prompt this time is a "how-to" poem!  

I'm waiting to post after my own viewing of my "partial" eclipse, but also posting the poem I wrote when my daughter and granddaughters traveled to my brother's in Missouri to watch the 2017 total eclipse. I hope those who have planned to watched this one in 2024 experience the same awe that we will always remember. 


I'm just seeing a partial eclipse but it's very exciting! I have glasses left from last fall's annular eclipse!

How-To - After Viewing

 

morning eclipse

thoughts of years of moon tales

what stories will we tell?

Linda Baie ©