Today's round-up is hosted by our friend Carol at Beyond Literacy. Don't miss the beautiful poetry and image collection she has created.
Many mornings as I wait for coffee to brew, I scroll along twitter or facebook until something stops me. More times than not, it's cute or funny animals. Wild boars entering people territory caught my eye recently. As if the pandemic wasn't weird enough. Right?
This reminded me of a book of poems by Marilyn Singer, Wild in the Streets; 20 Poems of City Animals (Quarto 2019) tucked away in one of my TBR piles after winning it from a Poetry Friday giveaway this past winter. I took Wild out for a read.
As a middle school librarian, I look for easy/complex books--if that makes sense? I need books that are easy to read but have complex ideas for my 6th-8th graders.
Each page spread beautifully illustrated by Gordy Wright features a poem about an animal that once lived in the wild but has adapted to an urban environment as well as a solid scientific description of its adaption. Wild in the Streets animals cover the globe from...USA, England, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Ethiopia, Japan and many more places. Included are excellent text features such as a glossary and a description of the poetry forms Singer uses. The poems describe what the animals want and need as they adapt. I'm sure that when I get back to school, this will be a super fun book for my students who learn about adaption.
As a reader and writer of poetry I so enjoyed Wild in the Streets as a meeting of poetry and science. Maybe it's the pandemic...but I'm seeing an urgent need for true understanding of science and civics.
Poetry breaks ideas down into word pictures kids of all ages can process. I would love to see more and more poems as introductions to lessons, illustrations of complex ideas in our schools. Plus, I get a huge kick out of writing poetry. The reverso form, created by Singer is one of my favorite word creations. They aren't easy. But, they sure are fun.
Here's my favorite poem from Wild in the Streets.
|Singer, Marilyn. Wild in the Streets: 20 Poems of City Animals. Quarto Publishing 2019|
As luck should have it, Marilyn Singer shared a delightful interview of her regarding her latest book, Follow the Recipe: Poems about Imagination (Dial Books 2020) on facebook this week. I have just received Follow the Recipe, and will be diving into it next. Enjoy listening to Marilyn's enthusiasm and good humor. It is positively contagious.
Lucky for my school library shelves...they will be heavier with Singer poems in the fall.