I was very excited to share Lee Bennett Hopkins’ latest anthology Lullaby and Kisses Sweet with Evie and Victor because one of my poems is included. It was so much fun to read the poems to them. Evie was especially intrigued, and enthusiastically interjected comments about her own experiences. For example, after reading “Spaghetti” by Laura Purdie Salas, she said, “Yeah, Victor is messy like that too!” To Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s “My Tricycle” she said, “My bike has two wheels, but it has training wheels too. One, two, three, four.” I loved hearing her make connections to these adorable poems.
Then, holding the book in her little hands, she piped up, “Hey, I have a poem too, listen to this:
Squish, squish, squish
Purple plum, purple plumI love them in my
Dish, dish, dish!
As soon as she was finished reciting her poem, she gave a little giggle and ran off to play with her brother and Grandpa. Simple as that!
Of course, I was tickled she modeled her poem from mine, but even more important is how she made it her own! She wasn’t all that impressed to find Grandma’s poem in a book; she’s seen that before. Instead, she was inspired by poems that touched her heart. This little book spoke to her, and she wanted to be part of it. Isn’t that the reason we write poetry? No review by a publisher or editor is more meaningful than the reactions of a child who sees herself in words we wrote.
Whew! I hope I didn't make too many typos, my head is pretty stuffy and my throat feels like sandpaper! I'm off to take those meds!
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