Really cute collection of poems about God doing things you'd never imagine. Each poem is accompanied with an illustration of God doing all these diffeReally cute collection of poems about God doing things you'd never imagine. Each poem is accompanied with an illustration of God doing all these different things, but God doesn't look the same in each illustration. He is either a man and woman, young and old, or biker/trucker/housewife. These illustrations definitely add to the light tone in the poetry. And they are in color!
My absolute favorite is "God went to beauty school". It begins with this:
He went there to learn how to give a good perm and ended up just crazy about nails so He opened up His own shop. "Nails by Jim" He called it. He was afraid to call it Nails by God. He was sure people would think He was being disrespectful and using His own name in vain and nobody would tip.
Some of my other favorites were "God got arrested," "God took a bath," and "God wrote a fan letter."
But overall, I'd say I loved the whole batch!
Very fun poems that make you laugh at certain parts of religion, but also manage to make you pause and think about your own beliefs, too.
Beautifully illustrated picture book of the poem by Langston Hughes. Poem below:
Lullaby (for a black mother)
My little dark baby, My little earth-thing, MBeautifully illustrated picture book of the poem by Langston Hughes. Poem below:
Lullaby (for a black mother)
My little dark baby, My little earth-thing, My little love-one, What shall I sing For your lullaby? Stars, Stars, A necklace of stars Winding the night. My little black baby, My dark body's baby, What shall I sing For your lullaby? Moon, Moon, Great diamond moon, Kissing the night. Oh, little dark baby, Night black baby, Stars, stars, Moon, Night stars, Moon, For your sleep-song lullaby! ...more
Interesting anthology of poetry from a variety of different poets, both famous and anonymous. Like all collections some are better than others, but thInteresting anthology of poetry from a variety of different poets, both famous and anonymous. Like all collections some are better than others, but there are plenty of simple, repetitive poems in here easy to model for beginning language learners. Also some more complicated ones with a sense of humour. Here are some of my favorites:
"About the teeth of sharks"
The thing about shark teeth is--teeth, one row above, one row beneath.
Now take a close look. Do you find It has another row behind?
Still closer--here, I'll hold your hat: Has it a third row behind that?
Now look in and...Look out! Oh my. I'll never know now! Well, goodbye.
Turtles sit. Turtles wait. Turtles never Think they're late.
Turtles crawl. Turtles snap. Turtles take A long, long nap.
Turtles listen. Turtles hide. Turtles like to stay inside.
"Oh the Toe-Test"
The fly, the fly, in the wink of an eye, can taste with his feet if the syrup is sweet or the bacon is salty. Oh is it his fault he gets toast on his toes as he tastes as he goes?
A very cute verse novel about a boy's love and adventures in fishing. The poetry appears in many different formats with each poem clearly identified aA very cute verse novel about a boy's love and adventures in fishing. The poetry appears in many different formats with each poem clearly identified as "list poem," "concrete," "triolet," and etc. There is also a neat description of poetry techniques at the end of the book and how they add to the poem's meaning.
I will probably use a couple of poems from this book instead of reading it to the class in its entirety.
It is definitely geared towards the younger set. Not sure how my HS students will see it. I do think they would enjoy the black and white illustrations.
Here are a couple favorites:
"First Catch" lyric poem
I wish a fish I wish a fish I wish a fish would bite.
I hope I catch I hope I catch A fish before tonight.
I think I feel I think I feel I think I feel a tap.
I reel it in, I see a fin, And then I catch
"What Cat is That?" Riddle Poem
What has whiskers, spots, a grin, Fork tail, no legs, no fur--just skin?
What eats worms and likes to swim, Is gray, can jump, is long and slim?
What has spiny prickly fins? Be careful--they can poke like pins.
That is why, unlike a pup, This cat's not one to cuddle up.