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A Poke in the I by Paul B. Janeczko
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Nov 19, 2009

it was amazing
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This book was an immediate hit with my students. The children love to see all the different ways that a poet can arrange words to express ideas. This book teaches children that poetry is about expressing oneself through words. The poems have various elements of poetry interspersed, including imagery and rhyme. There is one poem that plays with sound and is called "visual soundpoem". I believe the poem is trying to express the word gong and how the sound reverberates through the concentric lines repeating around the word gong. As the letters get larger, a child can imagine the sound is getting louder- just like a gong does. Children can really learn about the different types of styles by browsing through this book since there is no formula for any of the poems-- some have rhyme-- some are free-verse and some have simply one word. It is a beautiful book!

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