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Friday, February 17, 2017

POETRY FRIDAY

As a former primary grade teacher, I want my students exposed to poetry at a very young age. I'm always on the lookout then, for poetic picture books. For my youngest readers, I want books that will make their way into their mouths, and into their hearts, and that children will ask for again and again and again.  I found one this week in Sharon Gibson Palermo's WINTER, WINTER, COLD AND SNOW. It's a really simple book, with a rhythm that reminds me of Bill Martin's classic BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR. Listen for a minute:

Winter, winter, cold and snow;
Chickadee, Chickadee Who do you know?

I know Bear, asleep in her den;
she might wake up when the sun shines in


The little guys always love animals, and this book has some old favorites like bears and owls, but also some that are more unusual- beavers and woodchucks, for example. I see lots of potential science discussions and wonderings about where animals go and how they take care of themselves in winter. The paper collage illustrations are colorful and interesting, yet not too busy for young children.

Pretty sure that WINTER, WINTER COLD AND SNOW is one that my little younger kids are going to love! I'm looking forward to sharing it on our next snowy day.

Jone has the POETRY FRIDAY ROUNDUP at CHECK IT OUT.

13 comments:

Doraine Bennett said...

I like the simplicity of the cover illustration. I'm already drawn in. Sounds like a lovely book.

jama said...

Looks like a sweet book. Thanks for sharing!

Bridget Magee said...

Ooo, this looks like a fun read for my preschoolers at Storytime. Even though we don't experience snow in the winter here in the desert, the kids find it fascinating that other areas do. Thanks for the introduction, Carol! =)

Carol Varsalona said...

Something is going on with my connections, Carol. I already commented but it does not show up. Thanks for showcasing the poem about winter. It is delightful. Consider sending me an image poem for my winter gallery.

Jane @ www.raincitylibrarian.ca said...

This looks like a lovely picture book for story time - we don't typically get that kind of winter here, though this year we got slammed with a strange and unusual white winter!

Mitchell Linda said...

What a sweet way to get kids involved in rhythm and beat and season. I teach older kids....and the importance of background information from their early years cannot be underestimated! We so need kids to have poems like this in the back pockets of their minds. When they get to be young teens they simply put the brakes on adding them then. Have a great week and thanks for the super share!

Leigh Anne Eck said...

Yes, it does have that Brown Bear feeling to it. This looks like a wonderful book!

Tabatha said...

That sounds like a book young ones would want to hear over and over. Yes to getting them hooked on poetry early!

Tara Smith said...

Such a sweet book, Carol...and I am in need of sweet books!

Brenda Harsham said...

It looks like it has the right word in the perfect sequence.

Ramona said...

Love this line from your post: " I want books that will make their way into their mouths, and into their hearts, . . . " I'm requesting this book now because I also love poetic picture books.

Mary Lee said...

This one looks like a winner!

michelle kogan said...

Enchanting little book; short, sweet and nature/critter focused, thanks for sharing it with us!