Sunday, April 26, 2009
Poetry Month: What Can You Do With An Old Red Shoe?
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN OLD RED SHOE by Anna Alter is not a poetry book. But a poem introduces each page. This book is "a green activity book about reuse". Each 2 page spread starts out with a short poem--often a rhyming poem--one that tells the story of something that happened so that something can no longer be used for its original intent. For example, one flip flop gets lost, a shirt gets tattered, and crayons get worn out from use.
Following each poem is a question such as "What can you do with bits of old crayon?"
The rest of the two-page spread gives us instructions (with adorable illustrations) on something to make in order to reuse the item. We learn to make a planter from an old shoe, a pillow from an old t-shirt and more.
I love a lot about this book. It has great examples of how-to writing. Step by step instructions written with details and illustrated too. I also like the predictable format. The idea that a poem can start each page by setting up the story is a fun one and I think kids could try this in their own writing.
A book that isn't quite a poetry book, but one that uses poems in an innovative way. And I love the message about reusing objects. At the end of the book are more ways you can support reuse and recycling as well as hand-sewing tips.