Friday, February 03, 2012
Poetry Friday -- A LEAF CAN BE...
A Leaf Can Be...
by Laura Purdie Salas
illustrated by Violeta Dabija
Millbrook Press, 2012
In a rhyming text, accompanied by luminously illustrated pictures, Laura Purdie Salas explores all the things a leaf can be throughout the seasons.
"A leaf is a leaf.
It bursts out each spring
when sunny days linger
and orioles sing.
A leaf can be a...
Each pair of words invites the reader to think again about all that leaves can do. In the back of the book, there is a bit more information about each of the leaf jobs in the book, written with young scientists in mind:
"Food maker: Along with sunlight, leaves take in air and water. They turn these things into food for the plant or the tree. This is called photosynthesis."
There's so much to love about this book! I keep going back over and over again to the illustrations. ("Snake concealer" is my favorite!)
It makes me want to try to write a series of rhyming word pairs -- I'm pretty sure it's not as easy as Laura makes it look!
I want to pair this book with A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes by Liz Scanlon and have students compare and contrast the way these poets crafted their metaphors.
In fact, this book is a great example of an extended metaphor, and I'm always on the lookout for ways to help readers understand and identify metaphors, and to help writers try to incorporate them in their writing.
Another great addition to my classroom library from Laura Purdie Salas!
Karissa has the Poetry Friday roundup today at The Iris Chronicles.
Posted by Mary Lee at 5:00 AM