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Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

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Play with your words! A brand new poetic form that turns word puzzles into poetry.

Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle--these poems capture a scene from a child's daily life and present a puzzle to solve. Sometimes sweet and sometimes funny, but always clever, these poems are fun to read and even more fun for kids to write. Bob Raczka is a fresh, new voice in children's
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Roaring Brook Press
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Betsy
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
The lady from Manhattan would like to register a complaint. The lady from Manhattan is aware, perfectly aware, that there are plenty of fabulous children's poets in a given year. The lady from Manhattan would further state that she likes many of these authors and would like to review them more often but she feels that her hand is forced, FORCED I say, to instead review the works of one Bob Raczka. This, in her opinion, is unfair. Mr. Raczka should do everything in his power to write ...more
Courtney
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Bob Raczka inspires readers to think outside the poem with this book of poems "squeezed from a single word". If you had to write a poem using only the letters in the title of the poem, do you think you could? If you were using "lemonade" or "beach" as your title, could you create an entire poem using only the letters in the title word? Bob Raczka has created an entire book of poems doing just that. Sharing with the reader his proof of only using certain letters by placing the letters of his ...more
Bailey Zyvith
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-335
Lemonade and other poems squeezed from a single word written by Bob Raczka is a poetry book but not your ordinary poetry book. Each of these poems are created using the letters of one word. Some poems are funny some are thoughtful but all of them are incredibly clever. My personal favorite was “Chocolate”. This book would be good to use in upper elementary classrooms. I would use this book in the classroom as an example of a different type of poetry that doesn’t have to rhyme or follow a certain ...more
Shannon Biersack
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
You could definitely tell it's about a "child's daily life" If you didn't know that before reading it won't make hardly any sense.
Ardea Smith
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word/Bob Raczka/2011

Genre: Non-Fiction, Poetry

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle--these poems capture a scene from a child's daily life and present a puzzle to solve. Sometimes sweet and sometimes funny, but always clever, these poems are fun to read and even more fun for kids to write. Bob Raczka is a fresh, new voice in children's poetry who knows that fun and games can turn a
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Well, the concept of writing a meaningful poem using only the letters of one word is certainly a unique idea--and very difficult. I have to admire Raczka's efforts. What I didn't like was how the poems were presented. Each poem was presented in 2 formats--one in which the letter of each word in the poem falls directly under its corresponding letter in the title word (on white pages), and one in which the words in each poem are written normally (on red pages). In the white page format had a lot ...more
Stefanie Pitzer
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trying to read more poetry for national poetry month! Wow this book has the coolest concept. The poems in this book are made out of a single word. For example, if the title of the poem was lemonade, the author only used the letters in the word lemonade to make a poem. The author played around with spaces and word arrangement so it was like a puzzle to read. Don't worry the same poem was on the back without the funky spaces so you could see if you read it correctly. I appreciate how the author ...more
Genee121
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very Inventive! I enjoyed reading the poems that filled the pages of Lemonade by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger. I loved how each word was turned into a fun poem. I think children would not only have a great time reading this book but creating poems themselves from their spelling and or vocabulary words or simply for children learning how to spell. How exciting!! I believe it takes a lot of imagination to create such engaging poems. Raczka arranges each word on the pages so that ...more
Laura
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very, very clever. Raczka uses only letters from a single word to create a poem. More than that, he arranges the letters in such a clever and concrete way that I'm in awe that he can figure out how to make interesting, clever, fun, and wonderful poetry. I'm not sure kids could create a poem like this on their own (but who knows!) but this is certainly a great book to show them when they learn about poetry, specifically concrete poems.

Recommended for grades 2 - 5.
Claire
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Unique concept (would make a great creative writing assignment!), wonderful illustrations and poems—but the layout of the poems threw me off more than once. I imagine it would be even harder for a child with dyslexia or some other reading difficulty...
Colby Sharp
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I need to read more poetry! If I read more poetry I probably would have given this book more stars. It's not you it's me. At first I struggled to get comfortable with the way these poems were written, but eventually I started to enjoy the poems in this book.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A clever, fun way to get kids interested in poetry and writing their own.
Shannon Ginley
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cl-poetry
Summary:
This book encompasses a collection of informal, short poems that are all based around one word, as each poem only uses letters from that word to make the poem. This book is not a straightforward, traditional book of poems, as it incorporates a sort of puzzle to crack in order to read each poem. The poems are written and formatted in various shapes, verses, and phrases as it is a fun way for the reader to use their brain in "cracking the code" and reading each poem.

Review:
This book is
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Marissa Flavin
Summary: Each poem throughout this book is created by the letters from a single word to paint a real life scene of a child’s daily life.

Characteristics That Support the Genre: This book is full of different poems that are part anagram, part rebus, and part riddle. The reader has fun solving these clever poems as the letters from the single word represent and magnifying the literal meaning of the word.

Mentor Writing Traits:
Idea- Each poem has interesting details and is a great way to challenge
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Paige Arcuri
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
1. Awards: None
2. Grade Level: 4-6
3. Summary: This is no ordinary poetry book, rather a combination of anagram and poetry. Every poem in this book is made by using the letters of one word. Furthermore, all the poems are meant to depict activities of a child’s life.
4. Review: This is a very clever book of poetry. The way in which the poems are presented (one as a puzzle to figure out and the other as the answer) can keep the reader entertained for a while. Some children may struggle to
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Anayeli M
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
In this book, Bob Raczka literally plays with his words. Using only the letters from a single word he develops a poem and captures daily life. On each page he introduces the word with an illustration and the various words made using only that single word. On the following page, the red page, he writes a poem about the word but again only using the letters from the word. What a creative way to show off his talent. You have to pick you this book to see the fun he has making these poems. I can see ...more
Stephanie Watson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: worth-education
I started this book in the middle, which is a bad idea - I had to read the intro to understand these poems. Once I did, though, I found them totally delightful. Bob Raczka takes a word and then, uses only the letters available in that word, creates small poems. Some of them do take a bit of puzzling out, but they are all very clever, A couple of them, such as "snowflakes", surprised me with their beauty, and a couple more (like "earthworms") made me laugh. I absolutely adore "Wet Cement" (a book ...more
Stephanie Littig
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute book of poetry here. The author did a great job turning single words into poems. He uses only the letters from a single word to create a poem, using words from those letters. Lemonade poem only has words with the letters from lemonade in it. The words look a bit jumbled on the page of the poem but on the following page, the poem is written out in a more normal way. Very cute idea that I think kids would like. I would use this book to get my students writing poems maybe using the letters ...more
Maxine Fife
This book was very fun to read. I think this book would be great for children who are in grades 2 or 3 because it breaks down the main word into smaller words and makes a poem. I think it would be great for children who are learning words and sentences, as well. This book is also very colorful and the illustrations are very pleasing to look at. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and its poetry and illustrations.
Nicole V
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word turns puzzles into poetry. The poems in Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word capture a scene from a child's daily life and present a puzzle to solve.

Another great book to show examples to students of how poetry can be fun, creative, and imaginative. The illustrations along with the poem also help to show students that they can illustrate their poems, as well.
Kate Sanders
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book says it has poems in it but to me it just looked like a bunch of letters. I think the writing style is unique because words are made from other words. It's creative because you have to look for the words because the letters aren't always on the same line. This could be confusing for some but one you know what you're looking for it's easier.
Woods
I loved the idea behind the book—write a poem using only the letters of a single word. A few of the poems work well, but many fall flat. The format also complicates the first reading of most poems. (I was happy to discover each poem written in a straight-forward version on the back of the page.) The illustrations feel flat for me as well.
Delaney Maki
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poetry
Grades K-5
Each poem is made using only the letters of the title word. Students will love to analyze the poems to discover which letters were used and try writing their own. This book would be great for phonemic awareness instruction in early grades and for writing poetry in higher grades.
Kelly
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. It is simply genius.

Raczka takes one word, and creates a poem using only the letters of that word. But trust me...you have to actually read this book to discover the uniqueness and brilliance of the idea.
Katie Henderson
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edr
I really enjoyed this poetry book, because it felt like uncovering a puzzle within the book. I thought this poetry book would be great for logic or math minded students, because in order to read it you must use many logic skills. It would be perfect for 3rd - 6th grade.
Payton Dockery
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el-230
I thought the way this book was written was very interested. The author would focus on one word and create a poem from that single word. I think this book is fun to read and can be used to instruct a fun assignment.
Katie Sproles
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Very very hard poetry to read. I think the idea is great but it didn’t work well in this book
Ed Ashford
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Some of these are so deep and beautiful. It's amazing what shapes and forms come naturally when messing with the word to make new words.
Melissa Hicks
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The poems included in the book Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed From a single Word are wonderfully written to engage young reader and writers ready to tackle word play and use their imagination.
Hannah Steigerwald
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Poetry

Unique Feature: The format of the book and how the poems are created from a single word.

Grade(s): 3-7
Date completed: 1/30/2019
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