Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Last week, my final picture book of 2019 published (I blogged about it here), and it’s a rhyming nonfiction book. I thought I’d share the opening two quatrains as my poem this week and invite you to enter a giveaway that ends Sunday evening. It’s been dark and rainy the past couple of days here in Minnesota, and streetlights have been on as I leave for the gym at 6:45 in the morning, so the days are definitely shortening. I love fall, even the cold, grey days, and I’m busy doing my own kind of preparing for winter–gathering soup recipes, unearthing sweaters and scarves, etc. But wildlife has a lot more work to do than me!
Soak up the sun, breathe in the breeze,
munch crunchy apples that fall from the trees.
Enjoy every morsel you feast on today:
the banquet of autumn will soon fade away.
So plump up or burrow or journey before
frosty winds rattle and batter your door.
Snowstorms and dark nights are next to arrive.
Here comes winter.
–Laura Purdie Salas, from SNACK, SNOOZE, SKEDADDLE — all rights reserved
These lines set the stage for the rest of the book, in which each spread features one animal getting ready for and then surviving during winter. Each animal gets just a couplet (plus a one-sentence prose sidebar), so I had to write tight. Here’s one of my favorite spreads, both in text and art:
You probably can’t read the sidebar in my image, which says, “This black bear’s fall feast sustains his body all winter.”
School Library Journal called this a “well-organized, clearly written, and delightfully illustrated work. Too charming to miss.” Whee!
Maybe you’d like to win a free, signed, personalized copy? Easy peasy. Just share how YOU prepare for (or enjoy/survive) winter on this Padlet. You can just leave a comment, which is totally fine. Or you can make a rhyme, share a photo…be as creative as you like! But make sure you leave your name on your post, and enter now–I’ll be announcing 5 winners here on Monday morning.
Thanks so much for joining in my little celebration of Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle today! Now it’s time to skedaddle on over to some other poems! Mr. Linky is rounding us up, so please fill out the doohickey below to both leave your link and to check out all the other links you can explore. Thanks for being part of Poetry Friday, and I look forward to reading all of your posts throughout the weekend:>)