In celebration of Poetry Month – we want to let you know of some fairly recent arrivals to our shelves in the children’s room. These are just a few of the wonderful poetry books and collections that you are able to find here.
Kaneko, Misuzu. Are You An Echo?: the lost poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Nesbett, Kenn. One Minute till Bedtime: 60 second poems to send you off to sleep
Stoop, Naoka. Sing With Me
Fogliano, Julie. When Green Becomes Tomatoes
Frost, Helen. Among a Thousand Fireflies
Singer, Marilyn. Echo Echo: Reverso poems about Greek myths
Raczka, Bob. Wet Cement: a mix of concrete poems
Cleary, Brian P. I Saw an Invisible Lion Today: quatrains
Brown, Skila. Slickety Quick: poems about sharks
As an added bonus – there is a short novel by the beloved author, Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall) which was published in the fall: The Poet’s Dog. It is about a very special Irish Wolfhound, Teddy who learns about words from the poet who rescued him from the shelter. When the poet dies Teddy needs to mourn the loss and find love in a new place. It is a spare and moving book – which has an adult feel to it – but the story and Teddy are charming. Teddy is able to talk once he understands words – but only children and poets are able to understand him.
Find a poem this month and read it out loud – and CELEBRATE Poetry Month!
Goblin lives in a subterranean dungeon with the rats and bats. He lights the torches, feeds the rats and has a mundane existence. Other than the rats and bats his only companion is Skeleton – and they are the best of friends. But one day the adventurers descend upon the dungeon and Goblin hides under his bed. When the marauders are gone he comes out of his hiding place to find that they took everything – including Skeleton. Without hesitation Goblin ventures out into the world to find his friend. He tells his neighbor, Troll, that he is off to find Skeleton. And the Troll says “be careful, nobody likes a goblin.” It is soon clear how right Troll was – his first encounter with a farmer leads to a chase by all and sundry. During the chase Goblin finds Skeleton – and runs for his life with his friend. Hiding in a cave he is fortunate to meet a slew of goblins who believe they have found the Goblin King (Goblin is wearing the crown borrowed from Skeleton.) There is a happy ending – and Goblin even returns Troll’s goose. Goblin is a terrific friend. He is kind and thoughtful. He is loyal and lovable. The subtle point that Goblin isn’t liked because he looks different should lead to good discussion. The illustrations are charming and convey the story-line perfectly. Bound to be popular with the preschool set.
This is a love poem to Ezra Jack Keats – the man who gave us Peter and his snowy day. The book opens with Peter (Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white./Bright as the day you came onto the page./From the hand of a man who saw you for you.) – and moves right into the story of Jacob (Jack) Ezra Katz.
In free verse his life sweeps onto the page. His Polish immigrant parents work hard to support their family – but the hardship of establishing a life in a new land leaves the family poor and struggling. Ezra’s artistic talent is clear from an early age – his father sees a career as a sign painter, his mother sees the fine artist she dreamed of being herself. He is encouraged by parents, teachers, friends, and librarians to improve his “knack.” Ezra has to pass on college scholarships and work for the WPA when his father dies the day before his high school graduation. His talent is used in the Air Force during World War II. After the war he sees discrimination up close and “rearranged his name” to counter the ads saying “No Jews Need Apply”. He became Ezra Jack Keats. Keats cut some photos of a little black boy from a life magazine and hung them near his desk for years. When asked to write and illustrate his own book he was inspired by this little boy staring out at him.
This is an homage to Ezra Jack Keats and The Snowy Day (and Peter) that is lyrical, thoughtful and loving. The illustrations complement the poem – and the art work of Ezra Jack Keats. Through mixed media collage Fancher and Johnson have captured the essence of Keats’ style perfectly.
This is the perfect book to highlight during Poetry Month! Pick up a copy today