Friday, May 7, 2010

Poetry Friday: Sharing the Seasons

Jacket description:
"In this sparkling collection of classic quotations and forty-eight poems-twelve for each of the four seasons-readers will view the year in ways they never thought of before. Spring births a polliwog that becomes a full-grown frog; in summer, wildflowers choreograph a song-and-dance extravaganza; autumn's apples are found in generations of people's pockets; and winter's snowfall makes inanimate objects more beautiful than one could ever imagine."

We have poems by Carl Sandburg, Karla Kuskin, J. Patrick Lewis, and Marilyn Singer (among many, many others), each with fun, sweet, and beautiful tributes to the seasons. The poem/quotation selections were done by Lee Bennett Hopkins and the illustrations were beautifully done by David Diaz.

I do have some favorites, though all of them are really lovely and perfect for sharing with your students or children throughout the year. "Apple Pockets" by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater really captured the essence of Autumn for me....the tastes, sounds, and feelings of the season. I also loved "Winter" by Lee Bennett Hopkins and "April is a Dog's Dream" by Marilyn Singer.

The illustrations really make the poem collections pop, causing you to linger on each page a bit longer than you may have without the beautiful colors and designs.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
A really nice poetry anthology to have in the classroom or even just on your home shelves. Pick one or two a day in the beginning of each season and the book will last your students/children all year long.

Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems
Lee Bennett Hopkins
96 pages
Margaret McElderry Books
March 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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Amy LV said...

What a delightful surprise to find this...thank you for your kind words on "Apple Pockets". My husband forwarded your blog, and I look forward to reading more.
Happy Poetry Friday!
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
(where I am writing and posting a new children's poem daily for a year!)

Peaceful Reader said...

I have this in our school library. It works for so many different lessons.

all things poetry said...

This book has been added to my reading list.


Laura Evans