Thursday, May 08, 2014

Poetry Friday -- Oldies and a Newbie


Thank you to the now-forgotten PF bloggers who turned me on to these books!
How could I not have these new-to-me oldies by 
Marilyn Singers and Joyce Sidman in my collection?


Something in water loves
the curve
the bend
the zigzag
the swerve...

Summer Solstice

Amid the scent of roses
and the lolling hum of bees
comes a cloud scudding briefly across the sun
or a slightly pointed breeze
to remind you that the earth has turned again
and in a long slow wink
the nights will grow
the days will shrink...

The subtitle (A Story in Concrete Poetry) doesn't do this book justice.
You can't imagine it until you see it. 
The concrete poetry is every single part of every illustration on every page. 
Plus it tells a story. 

I'd love to share the poem that is the grass, 
but it goes on for SEVENTEEN glorious pages! 
Here are a few of the clouds:

a tiny puff,
a swirl of frosting--

bright dome
of sugary white

white steamy
bread loaves rising
in he sun's bright heat,
a billowing batch 
of cumulus.


My 5th graders still LOVE these You Read To Me, I'll Read to You books! 
And now they'll learn about common and unusual tall tales while performing poetry? 

Davy Crockett

I'm Davy Crockett, frontier king,
A man who can do anything.
My story starts right at my birth:
A comet carried me to Earth.
It hit a hill in Tennessee,
And guess what happened? Out came me!

Jama has the Poetry Friday roundup this week at Jama's Alphabet Soup.


  1. Love the "long slow wink". I just read a picture book about the solstice. This would be a good addition to it! Thanks for all these, Mary Lee. I don't remember Footprints on The Roof at all, and the new one does sound good. Love those reading together books!

  2. What a bunch of wonderful poetry books! Must get my hands on the Joyce Sidman-- loved the clouds you posted! Interesting that they were all bakery related! Not that I have a problem with that. :)

  3. All new to me, Mary Lee - thank you!

  4. All new to me except Footprints on the Roof. Love the cloud-y tidbits you shared. :)

  5. Anonymous10:56 AM

    Happy Friday!

  6. Thanks for the Mary Ann Hoberman VERY SHORT TALL TALES. I'm off to find a copy. It does sound like fun.

  7. These are all wonderful. All are new to me except MEOW RUFF--a tour de force of concrete poetry. "Meandering" is evoking of beautiful images for me. "Davy Crockett" is so fun--makes me wonder why I don't see the fabulous word "Tennessee" in poems more often! : )

  8. Nice. Meandering really got me feeling how the water feels as it travels the curves. I guess I'll have to see Meow Ruff. You've certainly piqued my curiosity.

  9. Meow, Ruff and Footprints on the Earth were two of the books that I took out of our library's small poetry collection over and over again when I first became interested in writing poetry for kids. Thanks for helping me remember them, and for introducing Tall Tales--will have to look for that one.

  10. Like Linda, I was struck by the "long slow wink."
    The Tall Tales look like an excellent classroom performance idea!

  11. Thanks for sharing about the new Mary Ann Hoberman book. Can't wait to see it AND hear about your kids performing poetry! Also the others are new to me and must haves, I can tell. Is there no end to incredible poets and poetry for kids? I am thinking the answer is NO!

  12. Anonymous7:30 PM

    What a great collection of poetry! Mary Ann Hoberman's You Read to Me series is an all-time favorite, but I didn't know about this title. Thanks for sharing!

  13. What fun! Love the wink of summer solstice and those toothsome clouds.

    Violet N.

  14. Nice choices for today. I've seen Footprints on the Roof, but not the others. I am going to go looking for Meow Ruff, especially.

  15. Gorgeous books, Mary Lee. I love Mary Hoberman's The Tree that Time Built - looks like this one is gorgeous too. The Joyce Sidman and Marilyn Singer titles are unfamiliar too, thank you for sharing all these Mary Lee!

  16. Anonymous9:14 PM

    Can't wait to get to the library to look for these...


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