“What Used to Be Whole” — A Definito to Go with a Forthcoming Book

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I’ve shared a couple of definitos recently, and I had so much fun I decided to write some to go with the challenging vocabulary in my forthcoming books. I’ve written several for Finding Family, which comes out in March. Wouldn’t it be fun to have students learn vocabulary words by writing poems?! Here’s one for a word that appears in Finding Family (coming in March from Lerner).

More to come! Meanwhile, poet and nonfiction author Buffy Silverman is hosting the Roundup! I’m so grateful that she’s giving a sneak peek of Finding Family. (I love her On a Snow-Melting Day and On a Gold-Blooming Day!) Happy Poetry Friday, everyone! (I have a few more Finding Family F&Gs to share with bloggers who might want to feature the book on their blog. Holler in the comments if you’re interested.)

21 Responses

  1. Laura, your poem is an excellent definito poem; I like that visual with it, too. I can see children understanding the meaning of fragment from your poem. I tried to go to Buffy’s blog from here, from Michele’s blog, and from Mary Lee Hann’s blog, but they all lead to a June post in 2022. There doesn’t seem to be a way to get to get to Buffy’s blog from yesterday on her blog. Do you know of some other way to get there so I can see sneak peak of Finding Family and see the list of other poetry bloggers that I can visit? Congratulations on your Junior Library Guild selection for Finding Family!

    1. Hi Gail–hope you saw Buffy’s reply or my updated link. There was tech wackiness with Buffy’s blog! Thanks so much for the kind words!

  2. Tucking the idea into my brain for another poetry lesson with my kiddos. Or rather vocabulary lesson. I love your poem with its image as a model poem. I love the sound of “piece of it” with “fragment”.

  3. Congratulations on the forthcoming book, Laura. Your definito makes me think of families — how we are a whole but also separate parts. If you still have room on your blog tour, I’d love to host you.

  4. Your definito poem hits the mark, Laura, exploring the the former,and the current reality of the situation. I am instantly reminded of Roger McGough’s poem ‑Smithereens- those even smaller fragments. You have provided a timely reminder that its been awhile since I delved into a definito! Thanks.

    1. Oooh, what a lovely poem, the McGough one. I didn’t know that one. Thank you! I’ve been enjoying the definito waters lately. It had been a long time since I’d written one :>)

  5. Writing poetry as response to reading is such a fantastic idea, whether it is definitos for the vocabulary, or imagining more about a character, or describing the setting, or connecting to the theme…and not just for kids! This week I’ll try this with my own reading!

  6. Whoo-hoo! More definitos in the world (this is so direct, so elegantly informative) and more LPS books in the world! I have a definito today too, to go with an adult poem.

  7. I like the connectedness your poem offers in these “tiny bits, and I agree what a wonderful way to learn new words! Thanks for sharing all Laura, I’m looking forward to reading “Finding Family.”

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