Take Me Out To the Ball Park – Baseball’s Opening Day – March 31st

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To kick off the Opening Day of Major League Baseball  a few book ideas.

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares – This is Matt Tavares latest book featuring baseball.  He must be a huge fan.  Six of his thirteen books published are about baseball.  Until we read this book, all I knew about Babe Ruth was he was a great baseball player and a candy bar bore his name.  I had no idea Babe Ruth’s parents  sent him to reform school when he was ML’s age.  He never forgot his experiences.  Throughout his career, he was especially kind to children in reform schools, orphanages, and hospitals.  Don’t miss A 3-Minute Drawing Lesson with Matt Tavares.  I love it when illustrators show their process.

Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon – ML’s cousins live in Japan, so this book caught her interest.  Told from the perspective of one boy attending two baseball games.  One in the United States with his grandfather; and one in Japan with his other grandfather.  Each page spread compares something about the United States to the same thing in Japan… transportation to the game,  details about the game, descriptions of the stadium, taking a bath and finally dozing off to sleep.    ML’s favorite pages show the food eaten at each location.  As a lover of edamame, she’s interested in attending a game in Japan.

Who’s On First? by Abbott & Costello and illustrated by John Martz – Many know this Abbott & Costello comedy routine by heart.  I do not.  Truthfully, I never understood why it was funny until I read this recently published picture book version.

Casey Back at Bat by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher – A creative sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous poem “Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic” written in 1888.  Casey does not strike out.  Instead, he hits the ball.  It flies around the world and universe.  Finally, returning to the stadium.  Then…  My lips are sealed.  Read the book for this fun play on Casey at the Bat.

ML enjoys attending the local minor league team’s games.  I’m not sure she watches the game, but she loves the chance to run the bases after the game.

There are many other great books for kids about baseball; both fiction and non-fiction.  I’ll feature a few on April 15th.  Some people refer to it as Tax Day.  I’s also celebrated as Jackie Robinson Day.

Grimmtastic Girls Arrived at the Library Today

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Today, a new series arrived at the library.  Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.  I learned of the series when one of the authors, Joan Holub, sent me advanced copies of the first two books.  I immediately let the librarian who orders books know about it.  The authors’ series Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training are immensely popular.  I knew Grimmtastic Girls would be too.

The advanced copies arrived the evening ML’s good friend spent the night.  Here’s my email to the author.

“I was excited to receive advanced copies of Grimmtastic Girls in the mail.  It was such a pleasant surprise.  I read 4 chapters of the first book to ML and her friend last night.  They wanted me to keep going but it was 11pm.  I’m going to pass the copy of the one you sent to us to ML’s friend from last night.  She’s a better reader than ML so she will probably be able to read it herself.  One thing I can already tell I like about the books is the vocabulary used.  So many times, series books can be watered down.  I look forward to this opening up ML’s interest in the 398.2 section of the library.”  (For non-librarians – the 398.2 section is the Dewey Decimal Number where the non-Disney folk and fairy tales are housed.)

Even though I wrote a post called “Not Another Princess Book,” I am excited about this series.  Based on what we’ve read so far, the princesses have depth and take care of themselves.  The first book starts with your typical Cinderella story… evil stepmother, mean stepsisters.  From there it changes.  Cinderella or Cinda as she is called in the book starts at the boarding school her stepsisters attend,  Grimmtastic Academy.  We haven’t finished reading about the first day of school and the stepsisters have tried to sabotage Cinda three times.  Luckily, she meets Snow, Red and Rapunzel.  It looks like they are going to show her the ropes.  Other characters introduced include the school secretary Mrs Jabberwocky , the lunch room lady Mistress Hagscorch, the headmaster Grumpystiltskin.  And of course Prince Awesome who the stepsisters swoon over.

I look forward to reading more of this book with ML.  Her reading is improving so she’s likely to be reading the series on her own September 30th when the third and fourth book in the series are released.

Book 1 – Cinderella Stays Up Late
Book 2 – Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
Book 3 – Snow White Lucks Out
Book 4 – Rapunzel Cuts Loose

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Nursery Rhymes

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Tonight while reading Detective Blue by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Tedd Arnold,  I realized I failed ML.  She didn’t get parts of the story because she didn’t know all the nursery rhymes references. I feared I missed my chance.  Once children reach a certain age, nursery rhymes are seen as babyish.  Luckily, children’s authors and illustrators are keeping them alive in children’s minds by expanding on rhymes or changing the rhymes’ words.

Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Jeff Mack – Cindy Moo overhears the farmer’s daughter reading the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.  She decides if the cow in the story can jump over the moon, she can too.  She tries and fails.  Then, tries and fails again.  But Cindy Moo doesn’t give up hope.  Even when the moon disappears completely.  After a very rainy evening, she is able to jump over the moon.  We love the various facial expressions on the cows throughout the book.

The Adventures of the The Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey -Another book playing on the “Hey Diddle, Diddle” rhyme.  This book is a love story highlighting the fun and not so fun times the dish and spoon experience after running away.  The illustrations suggest they fell off the white cliffs of Dover and floated all the way to the Statue of Liberty.  After robbing a bank, dish is broken and immediately deported.  Spoon serves jail time and is deported upon release.  They reconnect in a Junk Shop.  I’ve featured Mini Grey before.  ML loves her books  and I do too.  The hidden comedy for adults in her illustrations delights.

Monster Goose by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Jack E. Davis – ML calls these “Scary Nursery Rhymes.”  With titles like “Mary Had a Vampire Bat” and Little Miss Mummy” popular nursery rhymes words are changed.  The new rhymes follow the same rhythm of the original.  ML and the boy down the street like to pretend they are zombies.  So ML’s favorite rhyme was “There Was an Old Zombie.”  I like “Slithery, Dithery, Dock.”  The illustrations are not too scary, but scary-funny.  No nightmares after reading this book.

The Web Files by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Richard Egielski–  Thankfully, I didn’t fail ML completely.  She got all the nursery rhyme references in this book and loved the play on words like “The sheep said this is b-a-a-a-d!  Really b-a-a-a-d!” and “quack the case.”  You can’t help but laugh at all the nursery rhyme characters featured in the illustrations.  Our favorite part of the book… repeating Dum De Dum Dum.

As a child, I remember pouring over Mother Goose:  A Treasury of Best-Loved Rhymes edited by Watty Piper and illustrated by Tim and Greg Hildebrandt.  Last night I found it on my bookshelf and shared a few rhymes with ML.  Thankfully, she’s not opposed to an overdue education on nursery rhymes.  She thinks it’s cool to read a book I read as a child, published the year of my birth.

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Eddie Gets Ready for School

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Eddie Gets Ready for School by David Milgrim is a fun read.  My coworker introduced it to me after her three-year-old wanted to hear it over and over.  Like Eddie, ML has a morning routine.  She also has a bedtime routine.  Unlike Eddie her morning routine does not involve wearing underwear on her head, drinking root beer, or packing a cat in her backpack.   Neither does Eddie’s when his mom gets involved.

I admit… ML does wear underwear on her head.  Usually at night.  She ties a large green blanket around a pair of underwear.  Then places the underwear on her head.  Prancing around with very long green hair.  Calling herself Rapunzel.

We love the checklist format in the book.  When ML was first learning to do all the steps of her bedtime routine without me nagging, she wrote it on a note card.  Then, checked each step off every night.

Pick Out Clothes
Put on Jammies
Check Backpack for Everything Needed for School
Bedtime Snack
Read Books and Cuddle in My Bed
Lights Out

Her bed time routine is longer than the morning routine.  In the morning all ML has to do is

Get Dressed
Eat Breakfast

Once ML finishes those two tasks, she can watch TV until it’s time to go.  At the beginning of the school year we didn’t have this routine.  Our mornings go smoother now.  Not being allowed to watch Wild Kratts until she is dressed and eating breakfast is a real motivator.  Usually, she brushes her teeth right before we scoot out the door.  If we are running late, we skip that step.  Don’t tell Dr. Schmorr.

Tell the truth.  Do your children always brush their teeth two times a day?

Maple

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On the way to work recently, I noticed pink flowers on the trees along my commute.  The red buds are blooming.  Last year we planted one at our new house.  The plan was to take a picture of ML in front of it each year.  Didn’t happen yet.  But it appears the trees has survived this very cold, bizarre winter.  As soon as it’s full of leaves, I’ll snap the picture.

Maple by Lori  Nichols is a recent addition to the library collection.  It’s a unique book highlighting the changing seasons and the experience of having a new sibling.  Before Maple is born, her parents plant a tree.  A maple of course.  Throughout Maple’s childhood, the tree is a companion to her.  When she’s sent outside for being too noisy, the tree doesn’t care.

One day a small tree begins growing next to Maple’s tree.  Then, a bigger surprise.  Her mom’s stomach is getting bigger.  Soon, a baby sister is brought home from the hospital.  Maple works hard to be a helpful big sister.  When the baby gets too noisy, she takes it outside under the maple tree.  Next to it a small willow is beginning to grow.  I am sure you can guess Maple’s sister’s name.

I’ve only given the most basic of descriptions about this book.  It’s so much more.  A story of nature, companionship and love.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy

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One of my favorite books to read at story times for toddlers is Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Elizabeth Ann Fuller.  I read it many times to ML in her preschool years.  Mrs. Wishy-Washy likes for things to be clean.  Whenever her animals get muddy, she puts them in the washtub.

Yesterday, I felt like Mrs. Wishy-Washy.  Although it was bedding and stuffed animals I was washing, not muddy farm animals.

In went the quilt.  Wishy-Washy.  Wishy-Washy.
In went the sheets.  Wishy-Washy.  Wishy-Washy.
In went the matress pad.  Wishy-Washy.  Wishy-Washy.
In went the sleeping bag.  Wishy-Washy.  Wishy-Washy.
In went the stuffed animals.  Wishy-Washy.  Wishy-Washy.
In went every towel we own.  Wishy-Washy.  Wishy-Washy.

Into the outdoor trashcan went the white blanket… triple-bagged.  Even Mrs. Wishy-Washy couldn’t have cleaned it.

Thankfully, ML bounced back quickly.  Sadly, she shared with her mama.  The washing machine’s been going for two days straight.  And there is a strong scent of bleach in the air.

What are Pocket Poems?

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Part of my responsibilities co-chairing the Poetry Celebration is finding poems to include on the Pocket Poem display.  It’s a display in the school library where children can pick out poems to read, put in their pocket and keep.

I selected poems from the following books.

The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Meilo So – A collection of more than 200 poems by such modern poets as Nikki Grimes, John Ciardi, Karla Kuskin, Ted Hughes, e.e. cummings, Eve Merriam, Deborah Chandra, Arnold Adoff, and more than 100 others.

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry:  200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar and Roar! edited by J. Patrick Lewis – Combines photography with lyrical text celebrating the animal world, in a compilation that includes works by such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling.

Pocket Poems edited by Bobbi Katz and illustrated by Marilyn Hafner – A collection of short poems by such authors as: Gwendolyn Brooks, Emily Dickinson, Emily George, Nikki Giovanni, Eve Merriam, and Charlotte Pomerantz.

Poems to pick up and put in your pocket.  What a great way to share poetry.

Mom, Do You Know How to Trap a Leprechaun?

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When I picked ML up from school today she exclaimed, “I’m going to make a trap to catch a leprechaun when we get home.”  Then, she started her Saint Patrick’s Day rendition of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.  ”

Jolly Old Saint P-a-trick.
Lend you ear this way.
Don’t you tell a leprechaun what I’m going to say.
St Patrick’s Day is coming soon.
Now you dear old man.
Whisper  how much gold there is.
Tell me if you can.

By the time I realized Saint Patrick’s Day was upon us, all the books about it or leprechauns were checked out.  When they return, I will check out The Leprechaun Under the Bed by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Paul Meisel.  I haven’t read the book in a year so I can’t give you my synopsis.  This one is from the publisher.  “There is no peace at all for a poor leprechaun. Brian O’Shea summons banshees and ghosts to try and stop Sean McDonald from building a cottage right on top of his own home, but it’s no use. Brian still ends up with a front door right under Sean’s bed. The leprechaun has to make the best of the situation. Yet as time goes on, the two develop an unusual alliance-one that comes in hand when danger arises.”

The reason I am choosing this book is I remember liking it.  Plus, ML and I created a little village to help catch a leprechaun.  It’s under her bed.  The leprechaun will be so busy collecting the gold from all the buildings it won’t notice the clear glass house has a trap.  In the middle of the floor is a gold piece.  But all around it is super-sticky, leprechaun escape-proof tape.  For those who need a visual it’s below.  ML labeled most of the buildings… house, city hall, store, restaurant, mall and mansion and skyscraper.  ML has a contingency plan if the leprechaun is larger.  A piece of string which will trip the leprechaun and cause it to fall in the middle of a bunch of stuffed animals.  The animals will guard it until we wake up.

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Maybe ML will be a town planner or architect one day.

Rainbow Stew and the Lack of Children’s Books Published by and about People of Color

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I was already planning to include Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell in a post. However, I was saving it for a post concerning teaching children about nutrition in a healthy and appropriate manner.  Until today…

A friend made me aware of the latest findings by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center in their annual study of Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States.  She posted a link to the New York Times article The Apartheid of Children’s Literature by Christopher Myers, which discussed the senseless reasons of this deficit.

This week I read Rainbow Stew during my story times about rain.  A Grandpa’s grandchildren are visiting.  He wakes them in the morning with the smell of pancakes.  Then, leads them on a adventure during a rainy day.  They explore his garden, pick vegetables for rainbow stew, make the stew, read while waiting for it to finish, and finally enjoy a family meal.  It’s the story of a Grandpa’s love.

I perform five story times a week.  Each time I read Rainbow Stew when I reached the page where the children track in mud and water, I asked, “Do you think Grandpa minded?”  It was always a resounding, “No!”  Every child could relate and enjoyed the book.  I am sure it was one of the 93 books of the 3200 books received by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center last year by or about African-Americans.

The preschoolers were entranced by this book.  As was ML, a Caucasian first-grader with a touch of freckles.  I agree with Chris Myers,  it’s time for publishers to step up to the plate.  Stop talking about this ambiguous market, give consumers an opportunity.  I’m pretty certain they will prove “The Market” wrong.  The love of a Grandpa is the same no matter one’s skin shade.  As are a many other experiences highlighted mainly in books with characters of Caucasian descent.

Onomatopoeia – Part 2

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Last week, I focused on non-fiction books about onomatopoeia.  This post recommends three perfect examples of onomatopoeia used creatively.

Cat Says Meow and other an-i-mal-o-poe-ia by Michael Arndt – ML has outgrown most books composed mainly of animal sounds, but this one has an added twist.  The graphically designed animals hide the letters to the sounds they make in the illustrations using a variety of fonts.  We couldn’t pick a favorite illustration because they are all clever.

Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson and and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman – Any story about rain usually includes onomatopoeia, but Amy Gibson takes it to a new level.  Some of our favorite words in the book…  sploshy,  toes-ooze,
oochy, sploochy, woochy, woosh and ker-plop!  The illustrations evoke the joy of a day spent playing in the rain and mud.  Ending with a much needed bath.

Down By The Cool Of The Pool by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees – One of my go to read-alouds when the story time crowd includes people age 1 day to 104 years-old.  No one can resist impersonating a frog that says “Wheeeee!  Can you dance like me?”  If the babies in the audience are “Wah wah wahing” instead of shouting “Wheeee!”… no one cares because everyone’s having a great time.  The bright, colorful illustrations of smiling, dancing animals add to the fun.

Haiku, Dogku and Hi, Koo!

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Last night, I gave ML a choice.  Work on a poem for her school’s Poetry Celebration or clean her room.  She chose to clean her room.  Then shouted, “It’s opposite day.”

We turned the evening into a night of poetry.  First, reading a few poems of ML’s choosing from the classic, A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.

Next, we read Dogku by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Tim Bowers.  A fun picture book about a stray dog looking for a home.  Each page of text is a haiku.  I read ML the author’s note at the end of the book.  “Ever feel like there are so many words?  And how could I ever put some together and make a poem?  That’s when a haiku can seem like a lifeboat.  A haiku is so simple — only 17 syllables, 5/7/5. And who can resist to write one?  Not me.”

I’m always amazed at the things ML’s learned without my knowing it.  When I asked “Do you know what syllables are?  She sighed, “Of course, Ms. Vinal taught us.”  Ms Vinal is the music teacher.  What a great place to learn about syllables.

Finally, I asked, “Do you want to  write a haiku?”  She said, “No, you.”  So I unleashed my inner poet.  ML checked to make sure the first line was five syllables, the second seven syllables and the third five syllables.  Two of my poems received checks.  One received, “try again.”  The two correctly formatted poems are below.  Embarrassingly the one with too few syllables included ML’s name.  I forgot it has three syllables, not two.

blue yellow green pink
my favorite flowers are
zinnias, rose, pansies

brush, brush brush your teeth
toothbrush up, down, all around
brush them very clean.

Yesterday, we received another picture book told through haiku:  Hi, Koo!  A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth.  I told ML about it when she was picking out bedtime books.  She was eager to read it.  I looked in my bag and realized I left it at work.  I need to go put it in my bag right now before I forget.  While I’m doing that, sit down and try to write your own haiku.  You’ll exercise a part of your brain many adults often forget to use.

Backyard Farm

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When ML was young we lived downtown in a house with a sunny backyard.  We turned it into a backyard farm; planting raised beds with tomatoes, lettuce, collards, potatoes, asparagus, cucumbers and many other vegetables.  Fig, apple, pear, plum, persimmon and pomegranete trees dotted the yard.   Plus, a few muscadine vines.  All this on less than a quarter acre.

Today, the library received Judy Sierra’s newest book, E-I-E-I-O:  How Old Macdonald Got His Farm.  I can’t wait to read it to ML.  Old MacDonald lives in a small house in a neighborhood.  He doesn’t like to mow the grass.  So, he buys a goat.  Then, a hen who helps turn his backyard into a small farm.  The neighbors are not happy.  Matthew Myers illustrations are hilarious.  From the Better Coops and Garden magazine cover to the parent and child eating carrots like ice-cream.  My favorite is  the picket line of neighbors holding painted signs…  Neighborhood Mud Watch, Our Block is Eroding and Get a Yard.

Two years ago we moved.  Our backyard doesn’t get a lot of sun… but our front yard does.  Last year, we planted blueberries, strawberries, asparagus, muscadine vines, a fig tree and a pomegranate tree.  Then, we attempted a variety of vegetables in various places throughout the yard.  Sweet peas, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, okra and butter beans.  Knowing which places in the yard these vegetables thrive, we’re adding more to the mix.  Spinach, swiss chard and brussel sprouts were planted last week.  Thankfully, our new neighbors are not opposed to urban farms.  Behind us and up the street are chicken coops.  Many of our neighbors grow vegetables and fruit in their yards.

This weekend is the kickoff for Plant a Row for the Hungry at Logan’s Trading Company.  One of our favorite events of the year.  Last year,  one of the children’s activities was painting a pot and planting lettuce in it.  ML’s pot is on the front steps waiting for this very cold winter to go away.  Throughout the growing season, we drop homegrown produce at Logan’s.  The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle distributes it to local families in need.  Make it a lunch date and visit Seaboard Cafe at the garden center.  Fresh made from scratch soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers are available.  If the daily special is a barbecue sandwich, don’t miss it.

For my readers in Raleigh, check out Raleigh City Farm.  Tour the farm, purchase produce, even volunteer at the farm.  A great use of an empty lot in downtown Raleigh.

Misbehaving Moms

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It’s time for mom’s to have some misbehaving time.  Between all the inclement weather school closings and rearranging schedules, we deserve to have some fun.  I love the recent article on Slate, Goodnight Snow Days a satire based on the classic book, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

ML loves books with a misbehaving mom component.  Two favorites include:

Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Ward Jenkins – Every time Mama tucks in her chicks, they wait for her to leave.  Then, they go crazy… wiggling, jumping, cartwheeling, somersaulting and  pillow fighting.  Finally, Mama gets smart and joins the fray.  She leads them in a chicken dance; exhausting them to the point where they beg to go to sleep.  After Mama tucks them in, her wild evening plans begin.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow – A funny rendition of the popular repetitive counting rhyme where five monkeys jump on the bed.  Gradually all of them bump their head.  Each time mama calls the doctor; the response is “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”  Guess who starts jumping on her bed when all the little monkeys are asleep?

So on the first nice evening after my new patio is complete, I invite all mom’s to put their children to bed.  Then, join me on the patio for some misbehaving.  I’ll provide the wine and cheese.  Please no jumping on our beds.

The Gruffalo

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What is The Gruffalo?  It sounds like the title of a Dr. Seuss book, but it’s not.  Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this book explains the smallest of critters can outsmart the largest and most dangerous of monsters.

I can’t believe I am just now discovering this book.  It was published in Great Britain in 1999 and is translated into 50 languages.  It’s “A Beloved Read-Aloud with 4 Million Copies Sold Worldwide.”  Make that 4 million and one copies sold.

Check out the website for The Gruffalo and peruse information on The Gruffalo short film, The Gruffalo stage adaption, and fun Gruffalo items to purchase.  I really want a Gruffalo Trunki  and the garden clogs.  If only they were my size or ML’s size and available for purchase in the United States…

Also, play the free online games:  Find Your Name, Monster Maker, Jigsaw Puzzle, Foot Print Match.  I can’t wait to tell Ml about all the Gruffalo things I discovered.  I see a movie night in our future.

Most importantly, read the book.  It’s one of ML’s “Read-it-Again” choices.

Onomatopoeia – Part 1

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First a definition.  Onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the action it describes.  Currently, it’s on my mind.  I agreed to help with the Poetry Celebration at ML’s school.  It involves creating a display, selecting poems for “Pocket Poems” and finding judges for the students’ poetry.  From student poetry submissions, standout poems are chosen and published in a book created through Lulu.  This book is available for check-out in the library and purchase.

Poetry pops when descriptive words are used… the most descriptive words are often onomatopoeic.  The following books succinctly define onomatopoeia.  Then, provide lots of examples.

If You Were Onomatopoeia by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Sara Gray – I love how this colorful, fun book shows how dogs bark in English:  Woof! Woof! in Spanish:  Guav! Guav! and Japanese:  Wan! Wan! I learned other things.  Who knew a bullfrog says Jug-A-Rum?

A Mouthful of Onomatopoeia by Bette Blaisdell – This book is divided into short “chapters” with clear, colorful photographs.  Each page spread is a chapter focusing on different types of onomatopoetic word…animal chatter, water fun, get moving, open wide, two by two, what did you say, surprise, near the pond, catch a cold, things that to, dig in, here birdie birdie.

What’s your favorite onomatopoetic word?  Here’s some ideas:  choo choo, ker-plunk, honk, swish, twirl, cuckoo, gobble, crunch, crack, chomp, squeak, zip, grrr, snort, snap, squirt, trickle, click, smooch, jingle-jangle, blurt, hiccup, zoom, screech, whack, crackle…

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss – “Oh, that’s why they look so old.”

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Today is Read Across America Day.  Better known as Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  His birthday is actually March 2, but  ML’s class celebrated today.  Well, they tried… school released 3 hours early.  Yesterday, it was almost 70 degrees.  Currently, it is 24 degrees with slick, icy roads.

Tomorrow, ML plans to take two Dr. Seuss books from our collection to school…  Hop on Pop and Green Eggs and Ham.  I requested ML take good care of them because they’re from my childhood.  ML responded, “Oh, that’s why they look so old.”  I prefer the term well-read.  According to ebay these books are “vintage.”  The images above are from ebay.  Our Hop on Pop looks better.  Thankfully, no mold spots.  However, the spine of our Green Eggs and Ham is partially detached.  Hopefully, it won’t return home completely detached.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?