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December 25, 2014

Happy Poetry Friday! Maybe you overindulged yesterday and can relate to this book. I personally have a brickle hangover. And Captain Jack got sick yesterday and guess who was on clean-up duty. Yup, me. Ugh. Anyway…


Sometimes You Barf


 


We’ve all been the kid or sat next to the kid or been teaching the kid who barfed right in front of everybody. Author/illustrator Nancy Carlson takes a warm, funny, reassuring look at that topic in this picture book, which belongs in pretty much every pre-K through 3rd-grade classroom (maybe older!). Sometimes You Barf makes life’s embarrassing moments feel a little less like tragedies.


Here I am reading my poetryaction:



For  more poetry fun (of the non-vomiting variety), visit Holly at the Poetry Friday Roundup at  Reading, Teaching, Learning!

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Published on December 25, 2014 18:00

Merry Christmas if you celebrate Christmas. And whether you do or don’t, I’m glad you’re here! Our day has turned a little topsy-turvy, and I don’t know whether I’ll be able to stop back in later or not, but I’ll try. I hope you have a joyful time, whatever your day holds! And if you generally only come by on Thursdays, please do look at my card from Monday, which goes out to every one of you. Thanks:>)


Tights on Sylvia Vardell (Photo: Laura Purdie Salas)


 


Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!


15WOLs


Here’s Sylvia Vardell rocking her poetry tights at NCTE. Did I mention that she actually chose which poems would be on them? How cool is that? This image makes me think of:


1) wearing your heart on your sleeve–or on your tights!

2) a wonderful alternative to tattoos!

3) a kid who sees people’s secrets written on them like tattoos


And here’s my first draft, celebrating Sylvia and her magical enthusiasm for poetry. I decided to do an over-the-top ode/zeno:>)


 


 


When You Set Sylvia Loose on Etsy


Dr. Vardell’s a poetry


billboard, wearing


lyric


tights.


Her legs reveal


great in-


sights,


illuminate


all dark


nights.


 


-Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved


 


Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) Yes, I am aware my poem is 17 words. I wanted to write a zeno, and, dang it, I could get it close to, but not at, 15 words. Sigh. So, as a Christmas bonus, I’m giving everyone 20 words today. That’s right–20!

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Published on December 25, 2014 03:00

December 24, 2014

Circle


 


They’re back! I loved Zebra and Moose in Z Is for Moose, and now they’re back in another adventure!


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Poetryaction: After reading a picture book, sometimes I jot down a quick poem based on something in the book. It could be inspired by the entire book, the setting, a character, or even just a tiny detail in a picture or a single phrase from the text. I’m using picture books as a jumping off point for poems. I thought this might be something interesting for you to do in your classroom, so I’m going to share some of them here. I’m collecting them on a Pinterest board.


Bookalikes: A lot of times, when I’m reading a book, I think, “Oh, this would be fun to pair with XYZ book!” So I’m sharing those here when I think of them. These have their own bookalikes Pinterest board, too:>)


 

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Published on December 24, 2014 03:00

December 23, 2014

 


Big Bug


Big Bug and Me and My Place in Space


I love books that give me a new perspective, that help me see the bigger picture–and both Big Bug and Me and My Place in Space (an older favorite of mine) do that!


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Poetryaction: After reading a picture book, sometimes I jot down a quick poem based on something in the book. It could be inspired by the entire book, the setting, a character, or even just a tiny detail in a picture or a single phrase from the text. I’m using picture books as a jumping off point for poems. I thought this might be something interesting for you to do in your classroom, so I’m going to share some of them here. I’m collecting them on a Pinterest board.


Bookalikes: A lot of times, when I’m reading a book, I think, “Oh, this would be fun to pair with XYZ book!” So I’m sharing those here when I think of them. These have their own bookalikes Pinterest board, too:>)


 

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Published on December 23, 2014 03:00

December 22, 2014

Good morning, my wonderful kidlit community. I feel like we are a beautiful forest, stronger because we grow together. Thank you for being part of my kidlit world:>)


2014 online card


And now, for today’s Kidlit Combos:


Camp Rex and I Am Cow


Camp Rex


I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! is a wonderful rhyming picture book. So much fun! And a great pairing with Camp Rex. My poetryaction this week is a zeno. I’m still loving that form!

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Published on December 22, 2014 05:00

December 18, 2014

Happy Poetry Friday! I’ve been to DC for NCTE and to Florida to visit family in the past month, which makes me feel a little discombobulated. The art in these picture books makes me feel like I’m home and all is right with the world.


Moonlight


Here I am reading this poetryaction:



It Is Night


And here’s this one:



Moonlight and It Is Night


The art in these books, especially Moonlight, just makes me so happy…


For more happiness, see this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, at Buffy Silverman’s blog:>)

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Published on December 18, 2014 18:00

Photo: Laura Purdie Salas


 


Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!


15WOLs


Look at the beautiful bracelet Heidi Mordhorst gave me at NCTE. Aren’t totally unexpected gifts just the best. I don’t have the packaging with me as I write this, but it’s an Alex and Ani bracelet that I think means passion, leadership, and discipline. Huh. I might have that wrong. Anyway, what it means to me is community and connection. Getting together–in person–with my poetry and book tribe at events like NCTE has become more and more rewarding. I look at this charm and think I am surrounded by and supported by so many terrific people. My tribe, all interconnected. Lovely. This image makes me think of:


1) a safety net

2) skipping rocks

3) Poetry Friday Anthologies and the cool things Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong are doing with them


And here’s my first draft.


 


 


The Tight-Rope Walker’s Prayer of Thanks


 


Relied upon, though rarely touched:


net’s rough, twisted threads


let me skywalk, step by step


 


–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved


 


Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 

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Published on December 18, 2014 03:00

December 17, 2014

The Baby Tree


The Baby Tree is a funny and clever picture book, but somehow when I wrote my poetryaction, my first draft (and, for these poetryactions, I usually only do one draft, or maybe a quick second one) came out kind of creepy. I felt like a cannibal describing a crop of babies. So I had to tone it down a bit in my second draft!


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Poetryaction: After reading a picture book, sometimes I jot down a quick poem based on something in the book. It could be inspired by the entire book, the setting, a character, or even just a tiny detail in a picture or a single phrase from the text. I’m using picture books as a jumping off point for poems. I thought this might be something interesting for you to do in your classroom, so I’m going to share some of them here. I’m collecting them on a Pinterest board.


Bookalikes: A lot of times, when I’m reading a book, I think, “Oh, this would be fun to pair with XYZ book!” So I’m sharing those here when I think of them. These have their own bookalikes Pinterest board, too:>)


 


 

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Published on December 17, 2014 03:00 • 1 view

December 16, 2014

Hi teachers! Here’s one more poem from my new 30 Painless Classroom Poems book, A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey. This is the last one I’m sharing–at least for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!


Lionesses: Girrrrrrl Power!


Note: Lionesses do most of the hunting for a pride of lions. They usually hunt in groups at night, fanning out in the darkness of the African plains. They work together to round up and capture zebras, antelopes, and other animals.


A Note from the Poet:


Girrrrrrl power” is my favorite part of this poem. Puns and wordplay rock! This phrase works because it’s the female of the species that hunts, and also because the rrrrrrr sounds like a growl, like the noise a lioness makes. So it works on two different levels.


 


 


A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey, is part of my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series.

A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey, is part of my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series.

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Published on December 16, 2014 03:00 • 1 view

December 15, 2014

Hi teachers! Here’s another poem from my new 30 Painless Classroom Poems book, A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey.


Chimpanzee: Hickory Dickory Dance


Note: Chimpanzees like to poke anthills and termite mounds with a stick (from an arrowwood plant, not a hickory tree!). Ants run up the stick, and the chimpanzees slurp them right off!


A Note from the Poet:


This poem was SO MUCH FUN to write! Taking a poem or a song that you already know, and then changing the words but keeping the same beat and rhyme scheme (where the words are that rhyme with each other)—that’s an awesome way to try rhyming poetry. Rhyme is really hard to write, and doing a poem or song parody is kind of like having training wheels. If you don’t know the “Hickory Dickory Dock” nursery rhyme, you can find it online.


 


A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey, is part of my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series.

A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey, is part of my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series.

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Published on December 15, 2014 03:30 • 2 views