My goodness, for those of us waiting for life to ease up a bit, I'd like to remind the universe that we're still waiting here!
Sensitive souls are feeling our feelings these days, that's for sure. Fortunately, bright spots of poetry exist for us to refuge in. Thank you, Ruth, at There is No Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town, for hosting this week's poetry round-up and refuge.
Guess what? I am a lucky recipient of this book!
|Wordsong March 22|
Let me tell you, receiving and opening this package book on after a long week at school was like opening pages of sunshine. The collection begins with a child who imagines what animals would write if they had pockets for poems....so beautiful, and innocent and sweet. Each animal's mask poem then shares what the animal would write if they could with important animal details. What a perfect read-aloud for Poem in Your Pocket Day!
Since Poem in You Pocket Day is April 29th this year, you have time to request If This Bird Had Pockets for your favorite library branch to purchase or order from your favorite independent bookseller.
And, oh, my stars! There are even poems about stars -- easily my favorites. Here's a video with a narrator you're sure to recognize introducing If This Bird Had Pockets: A Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration.
Emma Virjan's illustrations cheerful and bright illustrations, compliment the burst of sunshine feeling I got while reading the poems. I cannot tell you how much this book brightened my whole mood AND reminded me to start getting ready for Poem in Your Pocket Day '22.
Thanks for the giveaway Wordsongpoetry.com. You made my day. I will be sharing this gem of a poetry collection with my students immediately!
Last week Irene Latham introduced many of us to the poetry form, rispetto. According to Writer's Digest, rispettos were originally written to pay respect to a woman. How perfect for Women's History Month! There's a rispetto on the padlet for this amazing lady, Vera Rubin. https://padlet.com/mitchellhubeimom/4bzbfu2cg5k7awk5
|illustration by Matteo Farinella -- see his AMAZING |
collection of illustrations of women at:
I'm off to leave positive reviews for If This Bird Had Pockets at my favorite places. I hope you'll read the book and do that as well.