Friday, November 09, 2007

Here's A Little Poem

a little poem book

I've been enjoying sharing this lovely book with my little guys this week. Jane Yolan and Andrew Fusek Peters' anthology of poems for the very young is full of delightful rhymes about mud, ice cream, bugs, rain, grandmas and grandpas, baby brothers, swings, kites, and good night kisses. The poets range from Langston Hughes to Bobbi Katz and Margaret Mahy. The illustrations are bouncy and joyful, showing children doing all they do with vim and vigor. We love this book! Here's what Punkin is reading in this picture:

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to you!
Squashed tomatoes and stew!
Bread and butter
In the gutter
Happy Birthday to you!

-traditional British street rhyme

This week I am hosting Friday Poetry right here at a wrung sponge. I am inviting you to do something a little different. We share our favorites poems here in blogs every week, but why not take it a step further and go into the face to face world? Back in September I posted about our sixth graders doing something they call "Poetry in Place". They chose favorite poems, typed them up, printed them and posted them all over the school in appropriate places. Jack Prelutsky's A Pizza the Size of the Sun in in the kitchen by the microwave, for instance. I thought it would be great fun to do the same thing with all of the Friday Poetry bloggers. What if we all, all over the country (world?) shared our favorite poems in public places?

Here's how I explained where we got the idea from at our school: The sixth grade teacher found this project idea in Georgia Heard's book Awakening the Heart; Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School. I have mentioned this book before when I was posting about Nanci Atwell's Lessons That Change Writers. Heard tells about how she first encountered the New York City Poetry in Motion Project when she found a poem posted on a public bus. She also found poems posted in the women's rest room at the Columbia University's Teachers College. A secretary started doing it at the Teacher's College. Every week she posted a different poem. She had women from all over the college coming in to her office and asking for copies of the poems she posted. Once a man came in and when she asked if he had been in the woman's restroom he admitted that he was the window washer and he was reading the poems through the window as he worked. He wanted a copy of one for his daughter.

Can you think of a place where one of your favorite poems could be shared? Print it out or pick up a pen and copy it onto paper and hang it up! I printed out a few poems from Here's A Little Poem and shared them with my son's daycare teachers. They are going to put them up on the bulletin boards to share with the children. The poems I thought they would especially like include Late Last Night by Michael Rosen, Mud by Flanders and Swann, and The No No Bird by Andrew Fusek Peters. What would you like to share? Leave a comment and put your link in the Mr. Linky below.



37 comments:

Sara said...

Poetry in Place is brilliant...I'll report back!

For today, I blogged about the poem I'm trying to memorize, Gerard Manley Hopkins' God's Grandeur. And I podcast for the first time!

Tricia said...

Good morning, Andi! Today I wrote a cento using excerpts from Thoreau. I am going to post it today in the gazebo that sits in the middle of the campus lake.

HipWriterMama said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea. It sounds fun!

I'm in with some Naomi Shihab Nye and some mouth-watering results of a food experiment.

laura salas said...

What a great idea! Will figure something out...

I'm in today with 15 Words or Less poems (http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/17978.html) and also a mini-review of an un-nominated-for-Cybils poetry collection about guinea pigs (http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/18413.html).

Thanks for hosting!

jama said...

Meet me at the diner! I'm serving up a poem by Richard Jones. Thanks for hosting!!

Mary Lee said...

My poem needs to be posted on the doors leading into every shopping mall and WalMart in America.

Yours Truly,
The Grinch

samriddleburger said...

I'm in with more kid poetry, this time by me, found in an old scrapbook.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Cloudscome,

Thanks for doing the roundup this week. I'm only doing a Poetry Friday post at Blue Rose Girls this week. I've posted three haiku from the book ROBERT'S SNOWFLAKES: ARTISTS' SNOWFLAKES FOR CANCER'S CURE along with some of the 2004 snowflakes that served as inspiration for the poems.

Christine M said...

Thanks for doing the round-up this week. I'm in with a little song about writing - by Snoopy - lots of fun all all around.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks for hosting. I'm featuring "book" poems in honor of Children's Book Week coming up next week.

Gina MarySol Ruiz said...

AmoXcalli is in with Dylan Thomas. Thanks for much for hosting and for this great idea.

Gina MarySol Ruiz said...

Good morning! Cuentecitos is in with Pita Amor and some poetry in Spanish. Thanks for hosting.

TadMack said...

I'm thinking of the elevator in our building... but the Martha Collins poem I'm using today is so melancholy, I'm not sure it has a place. It's wintry... cold... and perfect for today.

This is an interesting idea!

susan taylor brown said...

Thanks for hosting!

I went looking for one kind of poem and ended up with one from a poet I had never heard of, Guy Wetmore Carryl.

Love the idea of poetry in place. I will post mine outside my cubicle at work.

Liz in Ink said...

Thanks for rounding up today!

I posted on health, happiness and Jane Kenyon...

Shannon said...

I'm always on the lookout for great children's poetry! Thanks for the recommendation! I have another fun kids poem at my site today. Enjoy!

Stephany said...

Love the Poetry in Place idea. Luke and I will do it sometime this week.

We posted a riddle poem this week.

Karen E. said...

Oh, great idea! I'm thinking of our librarians ....

p dog said...

I'm sitting in a Starbucks and I'm sorely tempted to write a little poem on the wall for Poetry in Place... is it really vandalism if it follows strict poetic structure rules?

I'm in with something sad and dark from Denis Johnson. I needed something to balance all those snowflakes!

Susan said...

Hey, Cloudscome. Poetry in Place is an awesome idea. Will test it out tomorrow at the nature center.

I'm in with a story and Kristine O'Connell George's poem "Tree Traffic."

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Thanks for doing the roundup! My poem is a little song translated from the German that is sung during the lantern walk that takes place around the feast of St. Martin (November 11).

RM1(SS) (ret) said...

I have "In the Days When the World Was Wide," by Australian poet Henry Lawson.

Lisa Chellman said...

We're doing a Children's Book Week display, and I love the idea of including some poems as a part of that. Thanks for the idea!

I posted about Calef Brown's poetry/art books for kids.

Clare said...

Hi Cloudscome! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your beautiful blog and will be back to enjoy it some more!
:)

Jennie said...

I'm in this week with Guy Fawkes. And a link to something totally silly.

Rosepixie said...

Thanks for doing the round-up!

I've got some Emily Dickinson over at PixiePalace: http://www.pixiepalace.com/2007/11/09/poetry-friday-because-i-could-not-stop-for-death/

Kelly said...

It's Jane Yolen day!

I'll report back on Poetry in Place as well.

AnneShirley said...

I love the idea of Poetry in Place -- it is certainly I'd idea I'm going to keep in my head for use with my students later this year. Our school could use some poetry scattered about. ;)

I'm in this week with a poem by Walt Whitman.

Marjorie said...

While in London recently, I was reading the poems on the Tube thinking there should be more of this - you could have set something going here!

I smiled to see your quotation too - it's a frequent refrain in our house...

Marjorie said...

PS I should add that I've posted on PaperTigers about two poetry picture books - "Tarde de invierno/Winter Afternoon" and "The Outback"

LiteracyTeacher said...

Great photo on your post!

I am in with a poem by Longfellow.

Becky said...

Better late than never, I hope, with a poem for Remembrance Day on Sunday.

Becky said...

In such a rush I forgot to say,

a) thanks for hosting

and

b) I have a poster from one of the first years of Poetry in Motion (with the original banner of subway tiles), but I can't for the life of me remember which poem it is, so I'll have to dig it out and check. And perhaps even get it framed and on a wall -- thanks for the reminder!

John Mutford said...

Ooops, I linked but forgot to comment earlier. Anyway, thanks for hosting. I'm in with an original coffee poem.

Sarah said...

Thanks for hosting! I have "The Highwayman" this week. :)

Daphne said...

I put a poem about growing carrots in the elevator at our grocery store. I enjoyed my shopping trip much more afterward! Thanks for making my day.

Henry Lawson said...

I love your idea about 'Poetry in Place' - returning poetry to everyday life where it belongs!