It's been a super busy week, and I've been doing my very best to keep up with my goal to write a poetry "snippet" every day during February. So, this will be a short post, but I wanted to share two beautiful new picture books that arrived on my doorstep this week. As a grandma, I'm always looking for fun activities to share with my grandchildren. Both of these books are perfect for that!
After reading Irene's playful descriptions, I'll never look at fruits or vegetables quite the same way. I'll see cucumber submarines, a bouquet of minty green butterfly wings, a bee-kissed lake, a mountain of mouse-sized swords, and strawberries carrying green parasols. I love the way Irene finds just the right words to create all this deliciousness!
The illustrations of the animals are adorable, and I can't wait to try out some of the recipes with my grandchildren. For a real treat, check out Jama's tasty review of FRESH DELICIOUS.
EVERY DAY BIRDS is written as a single poem that begins:
Every day we watch for birds
weaving through our sky.
We listen to their calls and songs.
We like to see them fly.
Isn't that beautiful? The poem continues with a few words about the characteristics or behaviors of twenty different birds. The bright and colorful illustrations help with the identification of each bird. I enjoyed learning more about the birds (Did you know that some hawks can dive for prey at over 100 miles per hour?) in the descriptions Amy included in the back of the book. You'll want to also take a look at the cute videos about EVERY DAY BIRDS on Amy's blog The Poem Farm.
Last summer, my granddaughter was delighted when she saw a hummingbird in our backyard. Imagine how much fun we're going to have using Amy's book to identify even more birds!
Teachers always appreciate books for their classroom libraries. Both FRESH DELICIOUS and EVERY DAY BIRDS would make wonderful gifts for a preschool, kindergarten, or first grade class.
I hope you'll head on over to see Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass for today's Poetry Friday.