Archive for ‘Poetry’

May 19, 2011

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
Copyright 1990 Random House, Inc.
ISBN: 0-329-12088-3
Genre: Poetry

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a catchy and inspirational picture book that readers of all ages can enjoy.  Dr. Seuss presents a motivational message about life and its ups and downs within the context of his recognizable fantasy land that includes characters such as Hakken-Kraks and strange birds.  This story can be used in an introductory discussion about symbolism as many of the ideas discussed represent events that happen in life.  It would also be a great starting point for discussing goal-setting and making responsible choices.  And, as always, it can be and encouraging and uplifting poem to read to graduates as they begin their future.

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May 16, 2011

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
Author/Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
Copyright 2005 Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN: 0-06-025653-2
Genre: Poetry

As one of the most well-known authors of poetry works for children, Shel Silverstein has created a fun and silly compilation of poetry that both the young and old can enjoy.  Silverstein artfully plays with the language in a way that creates a game for readers.  By switching the first letters of two words in a phrase, the reader must think about the language in order to gain meaning.  Runny Babbit is certainly a fun read aloud – although it may become a tongue twister with which teachers may embarrass themselves in the classroom!

May 16, 2011

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Authors: Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Copyright 1989 Scholastic Inc.
Genre: Poetry

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a delightful children’s book with a catchy rhyme pattern and fun, playful language.  Each of the bright, blocky illustrations presents a group of alphabet letters so letter awareness can be developed with the use of the story.  The use of nonsense words in poetry can be discussed within the context of this book as well.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is certainly one of my personal favorites!