Poetry Anyone?

Posted April 17, 2014 by cathyso3
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In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a smattering of poems written by some of my fourth and fifth grade library students. Enjoy!

Spine Poem by Mason

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Cinquain by Vincent

Elephant

Huge, Gray

Wandering, Bathing, Swimming

Sucking up the water

Asian

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Spine Poem by Kaitlyn

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Cinquain by Haven

Apple

Awesome, Electronic

Tapping, Typing, Playing

The computer is super

Company

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Spine Poem by Jeada

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Cinquain by Matthew

Mankind

Intelligent, Busy

Running, Standing, Talking

Always discovering new things

Leaders

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Spine Poem by Daniel

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A Classic Book of Poems

Posted April 10, 2014 by cathyso3
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If you want to put some pop in your poetry reading, try Sing a Song of Popcorn. It’s a collection of poems selected by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Eva Moore, Mary Michaels White, and Jan Carr. The book has a copyright date of 1988, but don’t let that fool you. This book has staying power. There are 128 poems written by well-known authors such as Langston Hughes, Eve Merriam, A.A. Milne, e.e. cummings, Ogden Nash, Nikki Giovanni and more. To add to your enjoyment, the illustrations are done by Caldecott Medal artists. Each artist illustrates one of the themed sections of poems. Trina Schart Hyman does fun rhyming poems, Marcia Brown does weather poems and short poems, Margo Zemach does spooky poems, Maurice Sendak does story poems, Arnold Lobel does animal poems, Marc Simont does people poems, Richard Egielski does nonsense poems, and Leo and Diane Dillon do poems with emotions.

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This collection is rare chance to enjoy poems and illustrations by a diversified group of talented individuals. It has something to satisfy everyone’s taste and mood and will tickle and tantalize young and old readers. It’s a perfect choice for home and school.

Celebrate Poetry Month with Sing a Song of Popcorn!

It’s Poetry Month!

Posted April 3, 2014 by cathyso3
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Haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry, has always been a favorite of mine. With only seventeen syllables in the entire poem, its simplicity is deceiving. Usually written about nature, crafting a haiku that speaks to its readers takes thought and creativity.

The book, The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons, written by Sid Farrar and illustrated by Ilse Plume is an excellent way to introduce young readers and writers to a specific form of poetry. The author writes about the changing canvas of the earth as winter, spring, summer, and fall come and go. Accompanying the seasonal poems are beautiful illustrations by Ilse Plume. The book lends itself to teaching syllables and experiencing the glories of nature as it wakes up from a long winter’s nap and evolves throughout the year. I recommend this book as a way to celebrate nature and Poetry Month.

 

Women’s History Month

Posted March 27, 2014 by cathyso3
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Surrounded by amazing women!

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Posted March 20, 2014 by cathyso3
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Betty Mae Tiger Jumper is an inspirational woman who demonstrated character, courage, and commitment during her life. The picture book biography, She Sang Promise:  The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader, by author, Jan Godown Annino, describes her life as a member of the Seminole Tribe in Florida.

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As a small child, Betty Mae learned tribal medicine, traditions, stories, and legends of the Florida Seminoles. When Betty Mae heard about reading, she pleaded with the Elders to send her to school. She was a quick learner and eventually went on to become a trained nurse. Returning home to the people she loved, Betty Mae convinced women to trust her new medicine and helped many suffering from diseases.    

It seemed there was nothing Betty Mae couldn’t do. When her husband was sick and unable to work, she took over for him and wrestled alligators. When the U.S. government asked the Seminoles to organize a Tribal government to work with leaders in Washington D.C., she became the “voice for her people.” And when it came time to elect a Tribal leader, Betty Mae asked for votes. She was the first woman to be elected a leader of the Seminole Tribe in Florida. In a man’s world, Betty Mae Jumper sang promise to all. Throughout her life, she never forgot where she came from and continued to keep alive the stories and traditions of the Seminoles.

The illustrations by Lisa Desimini are in bright jeweled colors that depict time-honored aspects of the Seminoles. Like the title, She Sang Promise, this book is uplifting and serves as an inspiration to young girls and boys who have the character, courage, and commitment to succeed!

Character, Courage, Commitment

Posted March 13, 2014 by cathyso3
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Susan B. Anthony, a well-known woman in history, displayed character, courage, and commitment in her quest to achieve a woman’s right to vote. In the picture book, Heart on Fire:  Susan B. Anthony Votes for President, written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Steve James, the reader is given a look into an important event in the life of Susan B. Anthony. It’s another perfect book to celebrate Women’s History Month.

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Using free verse, the author describes how Susan B. Anthony believed the manner in which the fourteenth amendment was written gave women the right to vote. Despite objections from inspectors at the registration office, Susan B. Anthony registered to vote. On Election Day in 1872, she and fifteen other women went to the polls and voted for president. That spelled trouble. Susan B. Anthony was arrested for not having the lawful right to vote. Outrageous, Unbelievable, True is a phrase repeated by the author as she depicts this event in Anthony’s life. At a jury trial, Anthony was found guilty and fined. She spoke out with passion about her rights and declared she would never pay a dollar of the fine. Back matter in the book reveals what happened to the fine and how Susan B. Anthony continued to fight for the women’s suffrage amendment.

With character, courage, and commitment, Susan B. Anthony helped pave the way for women’s rights.

Women’s History Month

Posted March 6, 2014 by cathyso3
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I am woman. Hear me ROAR!

March has been designated as Women’s History Month. It was established to pay tribute to women whose achievements have made a difference in our culture, society, and everyday lives. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”

One woman who demonstrated these characteristics was Moina Belle Michael. If you’ve ever seen a veteran wear a red poppy, Moina Belle Michael is the woman behind the flower.

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The Poppy Lady written by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and beautifully illustrated by Layne Johnson tells the story of a woman with a cause. When World War I broke out, Moina Belle Michael wanted to do everything she could for the soldiers who fought for our freedom. The poem, “In Flanders Field,” that gave tribute to soldiers who had died on the battlefield moved and inspired Moina. The description of the red poppies blowing between the white crosses that marked the soldiers’ graves gave Moina an idea. She wanted to make the red poppy a symbol to honor and remember soldiers. For the rest of her life, Moina Belle Michael worked diligently to ensure the symbol of the red poppy was recognized by all. An added treat to this book is the interesting back matter the author includes about “The Poppy Lady” and the symbol.

There are long lists of women in history who have demonstrated character, courage, and commitment.  We need strong women to act as role models for our younger generation to encourage them to reach their goals and full potential.

What woman in history inspired you?


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