First Snow

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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.

Out Standing in the Rain

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Out standing in the rain,

a long way away,

I saw the sea come in.

The books:

OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva – A rollicking, rhyming tale of a day at the amusement park. The bold illustrations include cut-outs for interactive fun.

A LONG WAY AWAY by Frank Viva – Take an imaginative trip from outer space down to the bottom of the sea. Or, start at the back of the book and reverse course.

Thanks to author Frank Viva. I think this is the first time I’ve used two books by the same author in one poem.

I SAW THE SEA COME IN by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin – “Early in the morning, while the soft gray fog still hung in the sky, the little boy went down to the sea.” A timeless classic about the wonder of exploring.

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}}