Friday, March 1, 2013

Poetry Friday: Here’s a Little Poem (collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters)

Here’s a Little Poem:  A Very First Book of Poetry (collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters) would make a nice addition to a family or preschool class library.  The anthology is divided into 4 sections—self, family (including pets), outdoors, and bedtime.  The poems focus on daily activities, relationships, and observations from a young child’s perspective.  I adore Polly Dunbar’s illustrations.  Most pages depict several visual “scenes” from the poems in vivid colors and lively actions.  Many of the poems are from beloved poets and authors, such as Lee Bennett Hopkins, Langston Hughes, Marilyn Singer, and Robert Louis Stevenson.  Here are a couple of my favorites.

“Dressing Too Quickly” (by Jill Townsend)
Too many buttons.
What a long zip.
Velcro to fasten.
Mind you don’t slip.
Dress more slowly.
You’ll fall in a minute!
You’ve one trouser leg
And two legs in it.

After A Bath” (by Aileen Fisher)
After my bath
I try, try, try
to wipe myself
till I’m dry, dry, dry.

Hands to wipe
and finger and toes
and two wet legs
and a shiny nose.

Just think how much
less time I’d take
if I were a dog
and could
shake, shake, shake.

For other wonderful poems and reviews visit Teaching Authors for the Poetry Friday Round Up.

1 comment:

  1. These poems sound adorable and I love the artwork. Thanks for sharing! :)


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