Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Howdy, friends–I missed you last week. I’ve been dealing with a crazy busy schedule of books coming out, plus a family member with a health scare that’s had me pretty anxious. It was nice to get away from my own self and my own worries recently and read a few beautiful picture books. One of them was The Lodge That Beaver Built, by Randi Sonenshine and Anne Hunter. Oh, mercy. It is gorgeous!
I was inspired to write a first draft of a poetryaction. (You can see all my poetryactions here.)
And if you happen to be in the Twin Cities, I’ve got a book launch storytime coming up! (And if you don’t live locally but would like to buy signed, personalized copies of any of my spring books, just follow the same link!) There will be reading, singing, storm-making, treats, and even a giveaway of 5 copies of Puddle Song! Just click the graphic for more info.
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet-climate activist Heidi Mordhorst!
Randi Sonenshine says
Oh, Laura, I love it!!! Beautiful imagery and language! I’m so honored that BEAVER inspired your lovely creation, especially as your works have been such an inspiration for me. 🥰
Laura SHOVAN says
Congratulations, Randi !
The creative circle!
Whitney Myers says
I love love love The Lodge that Beaver Built!
Heidi Mordhorst says
Now here’s a twist on an old story that looks very much worth reading! I really wish I could come to your April 1 book launch party. It looks fab and it’s been a long time since we’ve been in the same place! May the sales be abundant.
It HAS been!
Hope all is getting back to normal for you, Laura. The Lodge That Beaver Built looks wonderful, and your poetry response to it is perfect.
Thanks, Rose. Still waiting on biopsy results. This is really a beautiful book–I think you’d love it!
Irene Latham (@Irene_Latham) says
Laura, look at all those happy covers! Congratulations on all this book fun and best health wishes for your loved one as well. I know how stressful that can be. xo
Thanks, Irene! xo
Denise Krebs says
Laura, welcome back, and I hope the health scare is over for your dear one. Have a great spring event in the Twin Cities. Sounds lovely. I love your poetryaction poem about the ash tree. “waits for the geese to vee through the air” is gorgeous.
Thanks! It’s fun to be inspired by beautiful books :>)
janice scully says
Laura, what a lovely poetic reaction to The Lodge that Beaver Built. I love the ash tree, the vee in the air and waiting for spring. Looking forward to your books. Congratulations! And I hope that health scare is resolving.
Thanks, Janice–waiting on biopsy results, but hoping.
Laura Shovan says
Laura, I am looking at your 3 book covers each one has a unique design and art
style! I’m excited to read them all.
Thank you so much, Laura–and for your beautiful post!
Buffy Silverman says
Oh, love your take on Randi’s terrific beaver book. Congrats on the multiple-book launch!
Michelle Kogan says
I’m counting the days to spring too! Love your” poetryaction” and prompt! Good luck with the Book Launch–hope you’ll have many takers. I’m looking forward to your new books, thanks Laura!
It’s funny, because spring is NOT beautiful here in MN. Not until early June, anyway. And I like winter. But the day I read this book, and I looked out the window, this is what came out. Poetry’s so funny that way, capturing just a fleeting thought and making it something more solid.
Patricia Franz says
Your spring pace has been inspiring, Laura! I wish I could visit MN to hear you read aloud 🙂
And thank you for the poetryaction prompt! On it!
Me too, Patricia! Thanks for the good wishes!
Marcie Flinchum Atkins says
I’m really looking forward to reading Randi’s new book! Her rhyme always amazes me!
Laura, this poetryaction is so full of spring that I can’t wait until I go outside and find something delightful to write “This is the____”. The weather is cold her but the grass is green and nature opens her arms. Let the imagines winds of spring bring you comfort as you unravel the knots in life.
That’s lovely, Carol–thank you!
Linda Mitchell says
Hooray! The geese are coming back…I need to get my hands on that new book. It looks great and everyone that’s gotten a peek at it loves it. Yay!
Sorry to hear about the challenges in your life these days! Thanks for your post!
That anonymous comment is from me, Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Susan T. says
I’m always finding such good books on Poetry Friday. Thanks for the mention of The Lodge That Beaver Built. I read Finding Family to second graders, and we had a wonderful discussion afterward. Their teacher and I both appreciated the open-ended nature of the story and the fact that we all could think about what might have happened. Without any prompting from me, the kiddos recognized that families can look different each other and still be a family. I had a full heart when I left that day. Thank you, Laura.
Oh, and now I have a full heart, too. Thank you, Susan, both for sharing the book with students, and for sharing how it went with me <3
Karen Edmisten says
Hope the health scare has been resolved/is better, congrats on the launching, and thanks for the pointer to The Lodge That Beaver Built, which looks beautiful. Nothing like a beautiful book to inspire poetry!