I usually share stand-alone poems on Poetry Friday, but this week, I’m featuring a rhyming picture book called What’s Looking At You Kid?(Sleeping Bear Press, 2012). J. Patrick Lewis has a new take on riddles, one of his favorite forms, judging by Spot the Plot and Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie. This delightful picture book features a quatrain (well, metrically a quatrain, though sometimes the design splits up the lines differently) on each spread that observes something in nature, followed by two lines that usually start, “Look who’s…”
I love this, because it really encourages kids to look more closely at what’s around them. That’s something I like to tap into in my own work (like A Leaf Can Be...), too. I also love it because Pat doesn’t just rhyme. He creates actual poetry in this book, in my opinion. Here are a couple of my favorite spreads:
Hanging in the
air’s the thing
he can do
without a wing.
Look, a yo-yo on a string!
and country lanes,
Look, a pair
of fairy planes.
Aren’t those gorgeous? The spider and dragonflies have never been treated better!
Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup has the delicious?Poetry Friday Roundup today! Head on over for a treat!