Friday, February 16, 2018

Poetry Friday - Cherita


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Check It Out to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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This past week Carol Varsalona posted the art piece below as prompt for the February Poetry Challenge. The 1st poem is what I came up with originally while thinking of sleep training my son. I changed the last line as I have been pondering the shooting here in Florida (a few hours away from me). I am generally not an angry person and it takes a lot for me to really get upset. But today, I have nothing constructive to say, so I'll just leave you with my meager poems. 

(c) Bessie Pease Gutman

After bringing you home

Snuggles and cuddles
And gentle kisses.

Now its time
To sleep,
Pretty please? 


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After bringing you home

Snuggles and cuddles
And gentle kisses.

No one should ever
Have to bury
Their own child.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Valentiny Contest - Valentine for Stick Bug

Happy Valentine's Day! To go along with all the roses, candy and jewelry, Susana Hill is running a picture book contest over on her blog. The requirements are pretty simple: a hopeful Valentine-themed picture book in 214 words or less. It was a really fun prompt. I hope you enjoy my story below!
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Valentine for Stick Bug


 Hello. Can you help me? I want to give my friend, Stella, a Valentine. But I’ve lost my glasses. 

Will you help me find her? You will? Thanks!

What does she look like? Well, Stella’s long and slender.

Stella!

Wait a second… Yes, it’s long and slender, but Stella isn’t a breadstick.

I’m sorry. I’ll be more specific. She’s also beautiful.

Uh oh. That isn’t her, either. That’s a tube of lipstick.I know it’s beautiful and slender. But Stella is also agile. Lipstick is not agile. It’s ok. Let’s try again.

Oh! You’ve found… Hold on.

Yes. BOING! Pogo. BOING! Sticks. BOING! Are. BOING! Agile. BOING! But it’s not her.

What else makes Stella unique? She’s also musical. Very musical. We can do this. Onward!

I am so grateful for your help. No really, I am. But that is a drumstick. A beautiful, long, slender, agile, musical drumstick.

I will never find Stella! It’s no use!

What? You want to try again? Okay, one last try. Do I have any more clues? Well, Stella looks just like me!

Hey, you found her! You found her! I made this for you, Stella.

Thank you for your help! Here’s a special Valentine just for you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 2/12/18

#IMWAYR
The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well.

Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.
                                         


The Cybils round 2 judging has been taking up a lot of my book-reading attention lately--and I'm loving it. I am so excited for the winners to be announced on Wednesday. . Seriously, all the picture book and board book finalists were fantastic! It was hard to just choose one!


Dear Girl, A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful you!
written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
illustrated by Holly Hatam


A few weeks ago, I read Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It was the first book of hers that I have ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So I decided to read a few more of her books. This one came out just this past December and was brand new at the library. It did not disappoint. 

I think that this is the type of picture book that is appropriate for the entire age spectrum. I could have seen myself reading this to my squirming toddler to begin instilling a positive image early. I fell it is spot on for my daughter, who just turned 8, as she enters these pre-teen years and will soon be dealing with all sorts of inner and outer changes. I can see getting this book for a daughter who is graduating high school and getting ready to head off on her own.

The illustrations are just as beautiful as the text. The black and white characters with the splashes of color are fantastic. It is fun and cute and wonderful.  I would highly recommend this book. 



Friday, February 9, 2018

Poetry Friday - A Woman's Place


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out the lovely Sally Murphy's blog to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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Happy Poetry Friday, everyone! After the stomach bug and then stalwartly sleep training my toddler (I would not wish either on my worst enemy), I finally feel like I have my bearings again. Yay!

I am having an absolute blast participating in Laura Shovan's February Daily Poem Project. Some days, the poems come a bit easier than others, but I am loving the practice and it is slowly becoming a habit. 

Yesterday, I wrote a poem based on this beautiful wood block print by Heather Meloche's grandmother, Thelma Wilson Brain. Heather shared that Thelma had been accepted to the University of Michigan, for Art and Fashion Design, but her father didn't let her go.

Wood block art by Thelma Wilson Brain
  
Originally, I wrote an almost-nonet to go with the piece (the 1st half of the poem below). Then Donna Smith suggested that I expand it into an hourglass-type format. I think it turned into a stronger piece because of her suggestion. I like it enough that I think I may keep reworking it a bit. 

A Woman’s Place

A woman’s place is in the forest
Feeling soft grasses under foot
Conversing with the sky lark
Listening to the world
Tasting ripe berries
Smelling blue bells
Seeing wonder
Existing
Present
Still
Present
Persisting
Seeing progress
Smelling victory
Tasting aspirations
Listening to the voiceless
Conversing with the Dreamers
Feeling the triumphs and sorrows
A woman’s place is in the resistance
(c) Rebecca Herzog 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

Poetry Friday - Losing My Head


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out the lovely Donna Smith's blog, Mainely Write, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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I am all discombobulated. Here it is, 10:30 at night and I have a panic. "Oh no! I only have an hour and a half until it's Saturday and it'll no longer be 'Poetry Friday'!" Commence scrambling to get my stuff together. After about 15 minutes of sitting at the computer, I realize that it is still Thursday. Duh.

The stomach bug arrived at our home this past week and it decided to take no prisoners. I think we're out of the thick of it, but, as outlined above, the days have run together and I'm still trying to figure out which way is up. But we managed to get out of the house for a bit today and actually see the sun.

I have been reading through Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Last month, I got to hear Lee Bennett Hopkins speak, and he mentioned Shel and some of his background. It intrigued me. I'd love to read a biography on Shel at some point, but for now, I am going through and rereading some of his poetry.   So I thought I'd share a few of his poems that were fitting for the past week.

(c) Shel Silverstein

Sick

“I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
(read the rest of the poem here)

(c) Shel Silverstein

The Loser

Mama said I'd lose my head
if it wasn't fastened on.
Today I guess it wasn't
'cause while playing with my cousin
it fell off and rolled away
and now it's gone.



Monday, January 29, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 1/29/2018




The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well.


Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.
                                         

This past week I've been taking care of sick kiddos and now I have got the stomach bug too. So a short list for this week.


Picture Books

Plant a Kiss
written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Like so many picture books, I grabbed this one off the shelf because of the cute cover. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The cute illustrations have actual glitter! And rhyme in pictures can be a tough thing to get right. Amy Rosenthal did an amazing job and was a joy to read aloud to the kiddos.



Sad, the Dog
written by Sandy Fussell
illustrated by Tull Suwannakit

I picked this one up because we are a house full of dog people. I liked that the story was from the perspective of the dog and how his interactions with people shaped how he viewed himself. Overall, a good story. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Poetry Friday - A Lesson Learned


It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Carol Varsalona's blog, Beyond LiteracyLink, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. 
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So I learned something valuable today. Always read your poetry out loud. I have just a short window in the afternoons to work while my son is napping. Add a sick 7yo home from school and that time shrinks even more. I had a goal to finish a particular poem and send it off for a contest today. I worked and reworked the poem until I had it where I thought I wanted it. The meter was decent, the rhyme scheme worked. So, after one final (silent) read through, I sent it off.

Feeling pretty good, I was excited to read it to my husband when he got home from work. Let's just say that the rhythm that I thought I had created was all over the place, and that's putting it nicely. Ah well live and learn. But you betcha I'll be reading things out loud more often! 

The February Poetry Project starts next week, but we all started with warm ups today. The project's theme is "Ekphrastic at Home". Members will take turns posting an art piece found in their own homes and everyone will write a poem based on how the piece inspires them. My goal is to not miss a single day in February. Below you can find my poem for today's warm up. 


Oil on Canvas by Joy Dickson
Response to Portrait by Joy Dickson

My world grows dim
Like an oil slick
Suffocating life and light
Until no hope is left

But her soft touch 
Skims cross the pain
Removing greasy darkness
Till rays of hope return

(c) Rebecca Herzog


Poetry Friday - Cherita

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right  here . And be ...