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Lemonade by Bob Raczka
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Oct 27, 11

bookshelves: poetry, juvenile-nonfiction, clever, writing-exercises, borrowed-from-the-library
Read in October, 2011

Bob Raczka takes a word and then uses the letters from that word to make new words with which he crafts his poems. It’s a clever idea and he comes up with some insightful poetry. The poems are a bit marred by their presentation, however, because in addition to being clever with words, he’s clever with letter arrangement. So it’s not always clear how the letters line up or what the words are supposed to be. Each poem is “translated” on the following page, so if you can’t figure it out on your own, the answers are readily available. Sometimes it was nice to have the puzzle force you to slow down, but other times it was just frustrating to have to figure it out. This concept would make a good writing activity/prompt.

Excerpt:
Ladybug

a
buggy
buddy

a
glad
gal
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