Hi everyone. Yes, sadly it is the last day of Poetry Month and I am going to give you a smorgasborg of poetry fun. First though let me give you the answer to yesterday's book quote. The excerpt came from the book, "Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amedlia Bedelia Unleashed. " by Herman Parish.
Today's quote is:
"My dad and I live in an airport."
Here are two poems that will get your smiling ....
Books and Me
books and me,
like toast and jelly
o queso y tortillas.
Like flowers and bees,
birds and trees,
books and me.
©2009 Pat Mora. All rights reserved.
Walter Dean Myers
How come my feet know how to meet
The sidewalk as I walk?
“Because of your brain, my love.”
How come my lips don’t ever slip
As I begin to talk?
“Your lovely brain, my pet”
How come my knees fly through the breeze
As I race along?
“Did I mention your B-R-A-I-N?”
How come my ears know what to hear
When I listen to a song?
“They’re connected to your brain!”
How come my eyes can judge the size
Of everything they see?
“Your brain, dummy!”
How come my wrists know how to twist
A knob or turn a key?
“BRAIN! BRAIN! BRAIN! Use it!”
And how come my belly button just sits there in the middle of my stomach without doing one little bit of work, gets these little lint things in it, and feels funny if I touch it?
© Walter Dean Myers. All rights reserved.
Featured book of the day:
Title: Love That Dog
Author: Sharon Creech
A bit about the book:
This book is written in free verse in a diary format. It is presented from a young boy's view who resists poetry assignments from his teacher. His name is Jack and he hates poetry because he thinks it is for girls and his brain feels empty. His wise teacher Ms. Stretchberry doesn't give up and just keeps handing out poetry assignments to her class. Jack has to respond because assignments are mandatory, and then a beautiful thing happens. The more he write poems the more he realizes that maybe they are not so bad after all. Constantly writing he discovers he does have something to say and when his words are all typed up on yellow paper....man, they look mighty fine indeed and he feels very, very proud of himself and exuberantly happy.
Written with heart, Sharon Creech inspires through Jack that you can find your voice, you can unleash new creative ideas and skills that are buried deep inside of you and best of all you can have great fun doing it. Yes you can..... before you say you can't .... at least give it a try before you give it up.
Book Review Rating: 8 (Fantastic!)