Cows

Today’s book spine haiku.

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Counting cows

on the farm –

no two alike.

Acknowledgements:

COUNTING COWS by Woody Jackson – Woody Jackson’s bold cow paintings in a colorful counting book, with a surprise at the end.

ON THE FARM by David Elliott and Holly Meade – A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. David Elliott’s fun verse, and the late Holly Meade’s beautiful woodcut illustrations make this a picture book to read many times over.

NO TWO ALIKE by Keith Baker – A rhyming walk through the forest in search of things that are exactly alike. A classic picture book for younger listeners.

Summer

Summer, Summer, more Summer. A good excuse for a book spine haiku.

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Summer –

my many colored days

over in the meadow.

Acknowledgements:

SUMMER by Ruth Thomson and Peter Millard – Third book in a nonfiction series of seasonal activities and projects.

MY MANY COLORED DAYS by Dr. Seuss, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher – Posthumously-published, this picture book explores children’s emotions using color as metaphor.

OVER IN THE MEADOW by John Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky – Classic rhyming story based on a vintage children’s counting song by the same author/illustrator team who gave us the 1956 Caldecott Medal Winner, FROG WENT A-COURTIN’.

Clear Is The Bottom Of The Lake

Clear is the bottom of the lake,

That mirrors the wistaria bloom;

And there in those sunken pebbles

I see countless gems.

by Ōtomo Yakamochi

From THE SEASONS OF TIME: TANKA POETRY OF ANCIENT JAPAN, Virginia Olsen Baron, Yasuhide Kobashi Image: By Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini (Flora Japonica, Sectio Prima (Tafelband).) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, {{PD-1923}}

Poetry Friday: The Night Is A Big Black Cat

Poetry Friday…this week’s links are at Margaret Simon’s blog, Reflections on the Teche.

Photo by Michael J. Bennett via Wikimedia Commons

 The night is a big black cat.

The moon is her topaz eye.

The stars are the mice she hunts at night

in the field of the sultry sky.

G. Orr Clark

G. Orr Clark also wrote a children’s book called “The Moon-Babies” around 1900, and had three pieces in Harper’s magazine in 1902. The children’s book is over two hundred dollars on Amazon, and Harper’s archives are available by subscription only. So I’m left with this one poem to love. And I do!

Speaking of love, and black cats, visit illustrator Judy Watson’s blog to see how she made a wonderful black cat sculpture out of paper lunch bags.

Poetry Friday: By Water’s Edge

Hello, Poetry Friday. This week’s links are at Sylvia Vardell’s blog, Poetry for Children. Sylvia’s also putting out a call for celebration-themed poems for the next installment of the Poetry Friday Anthology, and shares an example with a fun poem called “Hooray for Dogs” by Janet Wong.

Now I’d like to share a wonderful picture book by author Kay Barone.

“The Green Dory” by Winslow Homer, 1880, Public Domain

My local library is connected with a small art museum, home to many works of American art. Because of this, the library’s collection includes more art-related books than most public libraries. That’s why I was lucky to find a copy of “By Water’s Edge” by Kay Barone on one of the picture book shelves.

This quintessential summer picture book, published by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, pairs thirteen of Winslow Homer’s artworks with Barone’s gentle rhyming text. It’s a perfect fit.

“Children Playing Under a Gloucester Wharf,” Winslow Homer, 1880, Public Domain

“Who will have fun with a tied up boat?

“Who will tilt it gently, who will watch it float?”

Author/poet/teacher Kay Barone died in 2010, and “By Water’s Edge” was her only picture book. It might be difficult to find a copy, but it would make a timeless addition to any children’s book collection.

Text Excerpt from: “By Water’s Edge” by Kay Barone, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1996

Poetry Friday: Book Spine Haiku

Poetry Friday time! There are all kinds of wonderful links at Tabatha Yeatts’ blog, The Opposite of Indifference. Go visit and see.

Does anyone else love playing with book spine poetry? My last one was a jump rope rhyme, so today is a change of pace.

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Island in the sun –
the little red fish
by water’s edge.

From: ISLAND IN THE SUN by Harry Belafonte and Lord Burgess with Illustrations by Alex Ayliffe; THE LITTLE RED FISH by Taeeun Yoo; BY WATER’S EDGE by Kay Barone.