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!
For more poetry, head on over to this week's host, Author Amok, say hello to Laura and see what everyone is wearing for National Poetry Month.
Feel better, Linda. It sounds like Evie is truly immersing herself in this wonderful book.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed hearing about how Evie enjoyed the book and wrote her own poem. :) Great idea to donate books to charity. Feel better soon!ReplyDelete
I hope those meds help, Linda! This is such a sweet post about this new book and your granddaughter, and her poem, too. I've ordered more than one of the book for future baby gifts and to share with my own granddaughters. Thanks for sharing the best reason for the book, for children's enjoyment!ReplyDelete
Having a collection of Evie's poems is a great idea! Squished plums would be a fun illustration :-)ReplyDelete
Donating Lullaby and Kisses Sweet sounds perfect -- what a super first book! Hope you feel better soon.
I love how your granddaughter is so immersed in poetry and stories that poems just sort of fall out of her mouth. I wish all kids could have these experiences. Hope you feel better soon!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this story before you went down for the count. Adorable! (Hope you're feeling better!)ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your story of your time with Evie. I love hearing how young ones are connecting to poetry (and books!).ReplyDelete
Hope you are feeling better soon!ReplyDelete
Enjoyed reading about how you're supporting your granddaughter's talents and sharing poetry love with others as well, Linda. (I would have loved to create an illustrated poetry collection as a young child!) Feel better.ReplyDelete
It sounds like Evie is a poet in the making. Thank you for giving this peek into your book love together...your idea of giving boks to others in your grandchildren's honor is beautiful. I hope you're doing better on this St. Patrick's Day! xo, a.ReplyDelete