Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
A few cool things before my poem:
- I’m excited to share the awesome news that Snowman-Cold=Puddle is on the ILA Teachers’ Choice Reading List!
- Also, I recently created a bunch of #readaloud videos of some of my books and a few poems and put them on a readalouds page on my site. We’ll call these “rustic” videos, as they are not slick at all! But just trying to give teachers things to share in these difficult times.
- And if you’re interested, you can watch a readaloud of my newest book, Secrets of the Loon!
Okay, now a poem. This one’s from my book A Need to Feed:
Note: The blue whale is the largest animal on Earth, and it eats the smallest creatures, zooplankton. When blue whales fill their mouth with ocean water and then exhale, the water goes out but the tiny sea animals are trapped in their baleen plates.
A Note from the Poet:
When I started working on poems about predators, I realized that I was thinking of only aggressive, violent-sounding animals. But many animals we think of as cute or gentle are also predators, because they eat other animals. Is there anything LESS dangerous than the graceful, slow, huge blue whale? It might seem that way to us, but to krill, the blue whale is a deadly foe.
And here’s the video.
For lots more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Michelle Heidenrich Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty. I have been reading The Best of Today’s Little Ditty 2017-2018 recently, and I just love it. I dip in for a few poems each morning. It’s such a lovely way to start the day, and I especially like seeing so many of my Poetry Friday friends’ names!