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I'm honored to host the last Poetry Friday of 2010!
Today, I want to make you aware of a brand new and very special poetry book, THE WORLD IS MADE OF THOUGHTS, featuring over two hundred poems written by the children of the Denver Public Schools during the 2009-2010 school year. Poems in the book are organized by themes- home and family, school, friends, places we love wind and sky, loss, life and summer.
THE WORLD IS MADE OF THOUGHTS is a labor of love by Steve Replogle, a fourth grade teacher who devotes an incredible amount of time to soliciting poems, working with high school editors to select the poems that will be included, sorting the poems by theme, gathering artwork, and arranging for publication. This year, the book is dedicated to Debbie Milner, a literacy coordinator, hero for teachers and children, and dear friend of mine, who recently retired after more than 20 years in DPS. Here are a few sample poems:
I was a butterfly
to fly and go
Nothing is a picture without a frame.
Nothing is me without a friend.
Nothing is what I do.
Nothing is us without souls.
Nothing is a wife without a husband.
Nothing is a flower without petals.
Nothing is you to me.
Elida- 5th grade
Do you cry
when it's sad?
Tierra- 2nd grade
And here is one that I am going to adopt as my theme for the new year.
Do something exciting
Something fun for a change
Katherine- Fourth Grade
You can find more information about THE WORLD IS MADE OF THOUGHTS here. This website features sample poems from the book (also from Volumes One and Two), a page about the publication process, submission forms, and lots more information that might be helpful if you wanted to do a project like this with children.
If you are interested in ordering the book, you can get it online from our local independent bookstore, The Tattered Cover.
Leave your Poetry Friday submissions in the comments, and I will round them up throughout the day.
Thanks for stopping by!