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Blown away

on a beam of light –

the paper crane.

The books:


BLOWN AWAY, Rob Biddulph

ON A BEAM OF LIGHT, Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky


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First Snow


When will it snow?

Snow on snow on snow –

oh, first snow!

The books:

WHEN WILL IT SNOW? Text and illustrations by Bruce Hiscock. A classic tale of a young boy waiting for snow to arrive, while the wild animals near his home wait as well.

SNOW ON SNOW ON SNOW. Text by Cheryl Chapman; illustrations by Synthia Saint James. A boy and his dog enjoy a fun winter day together. Repetitive text inspired by Christina Rossetti’s lyrics for “In the Bleak Midwinter.” Bold, brightly-colored illustrations.

OH! Text by Kevin Henkes; illustrations by Laura Dronzek. A simple concept book about the variety of creatures that love to play in the snow. Gentle, luminous artwork.

FIRST SNOW. Text and illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully. A family of mice go sledding in the first snow of the season. The littlest mouse is afraid of the big hill, but soon finds her courage.

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Book Spine Jump Rope Rhyme

I first posted this book spine jump rope rhyme in a former blog.  It can be difficult to use rhyme in a book spine poem, but since jump rope rhymes don’t have to make sense, it’s a lot easier. Many thanks to Bill Martin, Dr. Seuss, Nancy Shaw, Jan Brett, Barbara Jean Hicks and Ame Dyckman.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,

Sheep in a Shop,

Old Hat, New Hat,

Hop on Pop!

Town Mouse, Country Mouse,

Jitterbug Jam,

Boy Plus Bot,

Green Eggs and Ham!