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.

Dandelion Seed

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The dandelion seed

up and down

over the green hills –

miles to go.

The Books:

THE DANDELION SEED by Joseph Anthony and Cris Arbo – Where does a dandelion seed go when the wind takes it? Much farther than you would guess.

UP AND DOWN by Oliver Jeffers – In the sequel to LOST AND FOUND, a boy and a penguin learn about flying and friendship.

OVER THE GREEN HILLS by Rachel Isadora – Beautiful story and illustrations tell the tale of a young boy’s walk to see his grandmother in the South African countryside.

MILES TO GO by Jamie Harper – A day in the life of a preschooler and his little car, with fun illustrations.

Poem Movie Beauty

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Catherine M. Johnson. Visit her site to find many poetry links for the week.

Thank you to Carol at Carol’s Corner for explaining Poetry Friday to me. She shared this post by Tabatha Yeatts with me. It’s a great introduction to Poetry Friday, if you’re wondering how it works, too.

My contribution this week is a link to something small but wonderful. While thinking about the Poem Movie Challenge on Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ blog, I came across this version of Claude McKay’s poem, THE TROPICS IN NEW YORK, on The Poetry Foundation’s site. The animation is gorgeous, and Ziggy Marley’s reading is unforgettable. I hope you’ll like it, too.Mackey

Claude McKay, Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Wading

Thanks to Michelle Heidenrich Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty for including my cinquain “Wading” in the Ditty of the Month Club. I’ve read so many wonderful poets’ cinquains this month on her blog.

I wrote “Wading” from memories of Little Peconic Bay on Long Island, where I fished, swam, and explored, as a child.

Another Little Peconic Bay cinquain:

Throwing

my fishing line

into the restless bay.

I cast straight, but the current goes

sideways.

2014, Monica Gudlewski. All rights reserved.

Water Memories

At her blog Today’s Little Ditty, poet Michelle H. Barnes just launched a project called the Ditty of the Month Club (DMC). It’s a fun way to get acquainted with authors, and experiment with poetry. Each month features a different author and poetic form.

May’s author is Laura Purdie Salas, whose latest book, “Water Can Be…” came out in April with Millbrook Press. May’s poetic form is cinquains; in particular, cinquains about water, and memories of water.

Michelle is taking submissions directly on her blog. She’ll feature some of the poems she receives on her blog, and all of them will be included in a round-up post at the end of the month.