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poetry Friday

It’s Friday, a perfect day to talk poetry .  Why?  Fridays are fun, and so is poetry! 

By reading poetry to your child, you are encouraging development of their listening skills, and introducing them to the enjoyment of words, not just the reading of the written page, but the way that the words themselves sound and the pleasure that those sounds can bring.  Plus, there’s a poem for everyone out there, no matter their interests, making poetry the perfect bridge from listening to reading.

Each Friday, I will introduce you to some of the wonderful poetry books in the library’s children’s section.  Please take a moment or two each week to share some poetry with your child, you will both enjoy the experience.

Beast Feast by Douglas Florian

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A funny collection of poems about unusual animals.  Some of the poems are as short as two lines, some are as long as a page (with big type, though, so don’t let the length bother you) , but all will make kids laugh.  The illustrations are softly colorful watercolors, done in a child-like way that kids will be able to relate to and enjoy.  A perfect poetry books for animal and fun loving kids!

Animal Trunk by Charles Chigna

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The bright, primary colors will draw your child into this book, and the lively poems will get them to stay.   Simple and silly rhymes about animals sound great read aloud, and will help increase your child’s knowledge of vocabulary without them even knowing it.

Enjoy poetry Friday, and every day!

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Part of Club Mom’s Momblogs, A Readable Feast is a fun and useful internet read.  Author and freelance writer Anne-Marie Nichols includes craft ideas and recipes for both kids and adults.  Some of her latest entries include some great Halloween suggestions, for books, games, crafts, and food. 

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Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies

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A fun and fanciful story of bats who fly to the ocean to “wet our feet where land and foamy ocean meet”.  The bats pack up all the necessary beach paraphanalia (some in tote bags that look just like those made by Land’s End) including their moon-tan lotion, and arrive at the beach to play games, lay in beach chairs, and take turns being kites.  They surf and boat, and then have a yummy picnic of “beetles, ants, and milkweed bugs, crickets, moths, and pickled slugs”.  The bats have a wonderful time, and anyone who loves the beach will recognize the fun activites of an ocean lover, be they kid or bat.  The rhyming story is fun to read out loud, and the illustrations are appropriately luminous, with the light of the moon reflecting off both water and bat wings.  Even the bats look cute and furry.  A fun story for bedtime, or anytime you feel like a trip to the beach.

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Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

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While this might look like a book fit for a fancy princess (and it is), there’s more to this book than just pink ribbons and high heels.  Nancy loves being fancy–her pen writes better because it has a feather plume on it, and socks with lace on them make her a better soccer player.  Her love of fancy extends to her room (certainly not plain) and her language (yellow is plain, gold is fancy).   Nancy’s love of fancy seems goodnatured, and she comes across as a fun little girl, not a spoiled princess.  And she’s willing to share the fancy with her family, who need her help becoming less ordinary.   So Nancy has a “stupendous idea,  learn to be fancy with lessons from Nancy–easy! fun free!”  Her family shows a fun willingness to humor Nancy, and when things don’t quite go Nancy’s way, they are there with sympathy, support, and most of all, love.   This story is for all kids who are happy to march to the beat of their own drummer, but still sometimes need to know that their family loves them, no matter what.   The illustrations are bright and (literally) sparkly and fun to look at, without being too, you guessed it, fancy.

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Cowboy Ned and Andy by David Ezra Stein

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A fun book about birthdays and friendship.  Horse Andy finds out after a long days work that it’s his friend Cowboy Ned’s birthday the next day.  Andy immediately decides that Ned needs a birthday cake, and searches the desert all night long for a cake.  As dawn is breaking, he realizes that his friendship is the best present that he can give Ned.  The illustrations take you away to the American West; Andy’s emotions are clearly and adorably depicted in Stein’s clean, cartoon-like pictures. 

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Mermaid Dreams by Mark Sperring

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A wonderful bedtime story for the lover of fantasy.  Meriam describes the perfect summer day at the beach, diving for pearls, swimming with dolphins, and dancing with octopuses.  Is she making it all up?  Only a mermaid would know for sure.  A sweet story with fabulous illustrations, perfect for the beach lovers and the not-quite-ready-for bed-yets in the family.

Miss Tracey

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