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.