Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle...: And Other Modern Verse
From lighthearted Phyllis Mc-Ginley to pessimistic Ezra Pound; from the lyricism of Edna St. Vincent Millay to the vigor of Lawrence Ferlinghette; from Carl Sandburg on loneliness to Paul Dehn on the bomb...more
One is amazed
By a water-lily bud
With each passing day,
Taking on a richer color
And new dimensions.
One is not surprised,
At a fi...more
Publication date: 1967
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Themes: Family, Memories, Sentimentalism, Excitement, Animals, Connection, Too many to list as each poem is different!
Ways to Use Book:
I love that this book incorporated poems by classic and contemporary poets and immediately thought that this would be a perfect first exposure to poems that are a bit more serious than silly children's poems. This would work very well with fifth or sixth graders.
After reading several po...more
I clearly recall my sixth grade teacher touting this book and I now regret waiting 40 odd years before finally taking him up on his recommendation.
This is a great collection of poetry for non poetry readers, particularly younger folks. The poems cover a wide variety of topics and there are fewer "clinkers" among them than in most poetry collections.
Perhaps part of the enjoyment...more
Dunning, Leuders, Smith. Refelections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle. New York: Scholastic, 1996.
• Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
• ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults
• ALA Notable Children’s Book
• Horn Book Fanfare
This book is a collection of poems describing the events in young eleven year old Lonnie Motion. Lonnie’s new life is depicted throughout the book. His new life is brought upon him by a series of events such as: losing both...more
Summary: This is just a fine collection of poems written for young adult audiences. They are fast and fun to read, great for scaffolding to students how to read poetry. You can start with a couple of these and work your way up to more difficult poems through practice with these ones.
Reaction: I definitely enjoyed some poems more than others. That is one downside to reading a book of collected poetry. It is definitely a different experience that just reading a novel. To really enjoy...more
Given that this i...more
I found like three poems that I found decent.
And there were way too many poems about cats. Even at thirteen I would have found the book childish and boring, we did a poetry unit in fourth grade featuring poetry that was much more refined and thought provoking.
I can understand reading this book for nostalgic reasons, but not as someone looking for a decent poetry book.
this book has an eclectic blend of poems ranging in variety from poems about bats to poems about the social ramifications of inactivity. Most of the poems have little structure, or highly personal structure, or superficial rhythm or rhyme.
Some of the poems were very, very good. Others were very dull. I enjoyed reading about 30% of the poems in this collection.
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Stop fooling around, I said, with straw and sticks;
They won’t hold up; you’re taking an awful chance.
Brick is the stuff to build with, solid bricks.
You want to be impractical, go ahead.
But just remember, I told them; wait and see.
You’re making a big mistake. Awright, I said,
But when the wolf comes, don’t come running to me.
The funny thing is, they didn’t. There they sat,
One in his crummy yellow shack, and one
Under his roof of twigs, and the wolf ate
Them, hair and hide. Well, what is done is done.
But I’d been willing to help them, all along,
If only they’d once admitted they were wrong.”