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Is it hard to write poetry? In an old barn, a girl sits at a table and writes poems. She notices the rooster and the weather vane and how, in unexpected ways, they have much in common. She writes about writing poetry. It’s not easy! Finally, in the late-night silence, “a small gray verse runs squeaking down one of the rafters/just as the moon floats in through the double b...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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GoldGato
Simple poetry from Alice Schertle and wonderful illustrations from Wendall Minor make this book a real treasure. It's an excellent way for parent and child to alternate readings and for the child to learn about the world on a farm by using verse.

My favorite poem was the one about the robin who envies the chickens being fed, while the same chickens envy the robin for his freedom. Cobwebs and mice and scarecrows and roosters make for an easy read, but one that will demand several read-throughs for...more
Rachel
Apr 15, 2009 Rachel added it
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I read "The Barn" in this book. The illustrations were really cute in this book. This poem was free verse and I don't really think it would appeal to kids.
Lauren
"From a Distance". I loved how the author described sheeps as tombstones; it was very interesting and intriguing.
Danielle Miskin
Poem: From a Distance...

I thought that it was very funny and creative how she described the sheep.
Hira
this book is great for helping kids think of mental images!
Emily Bernd
Another great book of descriptive poems for comprehension lessons. Most of the poems are aimed for 3-5 grade but they could be used for younger grades depending on the class. The Rabbit poem worked great with visualizing with my first graders!
Rachel
This poetry was very descriptive, without actually saying what it was describing (unless, of course, you looked at the title or the illustration).

I read "Scarecrow." I think that it might be fun to read some of these poems to children and see if they can figure out what is being described... and it can also help them to learn about descriptive writing.
Nielson
Poem: "From a Distance..." This poem describes sheep and it is wonderfully written. The whole book focuses on the fact that poetry is everywhere in the natural world. With each picture on every page, there is some allusion to poetry whether it be a piece of paper or a pen or pencil. Great book.
Jim
i'm not familiar w/the poet, i checked this out because of Minor's art (which is fantastic! look for the poems floating in air, on the water and being munched on).
now i have a new poet to read, so Good.
Matthew
This collection of poems told by a girl in a barn loft was just so good. And the thing is, the words were great but the illustrations were even better than that. I really enjoyed this book.
Shannon Clark
My favorite poems from this book were:

Poem about rabbit
Writing past midnight
Gabrielle
Mar 28, 2011 Gabrielle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Childdren into Poetry.
Recommended to Gabrielle by: Noone. I found it on a shelf @ the Library.
The pictures were really cute,and I liked ALL poems in it.
Helen
Its been a while since I've read this. It was ok.
Austin
I read the poem, "A Traditional Frog's Curse".
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Alice Schertle has written more than 40 books, mostly for children. A mother and former elementary school teacher, Ms. Schertle is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Many of her most famous works are poetic in nature, though she writes about a wide variety of topics.
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