Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I spent most of the last week in Florida, visiting family. That’s always an emotional time, so I’m choosing a lighthearted Poetry Friday selection!
Jamie Swenson’s picture book is an explosion of fun sounds and wordplay. I wanted to add a stanza or chapter of my own and pick an animal Swenson didn’t use in her book. I wanted something I have a strong emotional response to, so I chose a crocodile (shudder). What a fun mentor text exercise to get kids using vivid verbs and adjectives!
And I’m going to be greedy and pair it with my own book, A Rock Can Be…. I love the way Jamie lets us see animals in totally new ways, and that’s what I try to do with rocks (and leaves and water), too.
And don’t forget to visit Matt (“The Voice”) Forrest Esenwine for the Poetry Roundup. Make sure to celebrate his awesome news with him. What news? You’ll have to pop over there and find out! Enjoy!