Selected by: Paul B. Janeczko
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Target Ages: All
Genre: Poetry Anthology
It takes only a few words, if they’re the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cozy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection show readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow.
This collection of seasonal poems includes selections from a wide variety of poets. Some classics are included like “The Red Wheelbarrow” (Williams) and “Fog” (Sandburg), but most of them are from lesser-known authors. Each poem is a little treasure of imagery and enchantment.
With poems this concise, young writers are likely to feel more confident to try their hand at composing one themselves. For teachers or parents who want to try the poem a day challenge, these works are perfect. Reading one takes less than a minute.
Melissa Sweet’s original watercolor, gouache, and mixed-media collage illustrations are an brilliant compliment to each poem. She always has the perfect mix of color, texture, and image.
My petals enfold stamens of gold.
I float, serene, while down below
these roots of mine are deeply stuck
in the coolest most delicious muck.
Little Orange Cat
Little orange cat,
like a small tiger
in the field
of white daisies
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
For more poetic inspiration, visit Random Noodling for this week’s Poetry Friday round up.