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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Poetry works so well with kids; its brevity, vivid images, rhythm and emphasis on sound make it kid-friendly and useful with a wide range of ages.
In our last blog post, poet and author Mary Quattlebaum suggested several general books of poetry for reading with kids from the toddler years through the preteen years. In this post, we focus on haiku, that familiar three-line, 17-syllable form that originated in Japan. Its short lines and striking sounds and images are just right for kids. Here is a selection of books of haiku we especially like. The books are widely available in local libraries.
Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! America's Sproutings by Pat Mora, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
squirts seedy, juicy splatter,
Red bursts in your mouth.
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
A clever and endearing cat tells the story of his adoption from a shelter using a sequence of haiku.
Nice place they got here.
Bed. Bowl, Blankie. Just like home!
Or so I've been told.
Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth