(1994 cover and 2012 cover )
Over the years, I watched for Janet's new books and added each collection and picture book to my school library. They made wonderful mentor texts for teaching (and learning about) voice, writing about family experiences, and using sensory language. Check out Janet's website to learn more about her books.
So even though I'm retired from teaching, when I read about A SUITCASE OF SEAWEED AND MORE, I ordered it right away! Here is the description from Janet's website:
The entire text of the original book is presented here in A Suitcase of Seaweed & More, along with 50 brand new pages—where you’ll find snippets of story about the inspiration behind the poems, extensions of the themes, and writing prompts to get teens thinking, talking, and writing about their own identities. Wong’s “Advice for Writers” might even inspire them to write their own books, too.
My copy arrived yesterday. Of course I love the poems, and now I know the inspiration behind the poems. This book demonstrates how writers can use their own memories to write memoir, poetry, and stories. Janet not only provides writing prompts, she gives lots of encouragement and permission to "just try." Writers will also discover how one memory or topic can be written about in different forms. I wish I had this book when I was teaching, but I'm grateful to have it now to inspire my own writing.
A special thank you to Catherine for hosting this week's Poetry Friday at Reading to the Core.
Thanks for introducing me Janet's new book. I'm a big fan of her work, too, and I look forward to reading more.ReplyDelete
Hi Kimberly, Janet's books are amazing. I always look forward to reading her poems.Delete
It is on my list, Linda, will get it soon, I'm sure. And it does sound wonderful! I have had kimchi before, have a niece and nephew from Korea. Wow, it is spicy! I'm sure that it will be fun to share that with my niece and nephew!ReplyDelete
Hi Linda- yes, kimchi is really spicy! It was quite an experience for all of us. : )Delete
Linda, Janet is a "love"! Her wit and talent are to be admired as is her enthusiasm for #poetrylove. Her new book sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Hi Carol, I hope you can get your hands on a copy. I'm sure you will love it!Delete
I never knew so much of this about Janet. It was lovely to read! I can see why this new book would be wonderful to have. Thank-you for sharing. Enjoy responding to all the inspiration. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kat. Janet's kind, warm personality really comes through in her work. Yes, the inspiration is wonderful!ReplyDelete
I am SO GLAD Janet has brought this one back in print! It is a favorite of mine as well. I use the poem "Sisters" with students all the time. xoReplyDelete
Hi Irene, "Sisters" is one of my favorites too. This books if full of great poems to share with students! xoDelete
I love this kind of book. I used to have a book by a middle grade poet/novelist where she shared the story behind each poem and did something similar...I wish I could remember the title of it! It was great for poets of all ages! I'll have to get Janet's book!ReplyDelete
Hi Laura, I love this kind of book too. I'm always interested in learning about the inspiration behind a poem or story. If you think of the name of the book, let me know. In POEMS FROM HOMEROOM, Kathi Appelt does something similar.xoReplyDelete
You convinced me - I just added this to my wish list. It sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete
Hi Ruth, you will love it!ReplyDelete
I love this book!ReplyDelete
Am ordering! Thanks for the great reviewReplyDelete
Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments--and THANK YOU, Linda, for this terrific surprise post!!! Linda: if you want to put the names of your commenters in a box and pull a name out, I will send a free book to one of the lovely people above. That person will just need to send me her address (email me at janet AT janetwong DOT com) and I will put the book in the mail after I return from an out-of-state school visit on Tuesday!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Janet. You are always so generous! I'll take care of that this weekend and announce the winner on Monday!ReplyDelete
I find it fascinating to hear about how a poem came about, it adds extra layers to the poem itself. Thanks for sharing Janets old and now new and expanded book Linda!ReplyDelete
Hi Michelle, I'm with you, I love to learn the inspiration behind a poem. : )Delete
Linda, I love everything about this wonderful post celebrating Janet and her poetry. A Suitcase of Seaweed has always been one of my favorites, so I'm thrilled to learn about this new, expanded version. Thank you for highlighting it today! (And thank you to Janet for so generously offering a copy to give away!)ReplyDelete
Hi Catherine, I agree, Janet is always so generous!Delete
Everything I love about Janet is here -- her writing, her constant striving to do more, and her generosity.ReplyDelete
Hi Mary Lee, I agree! Janet is amazing, and she has made a real difference in the lives of so many!ReplyDelete
Tuesday morning PF commenting--my latest ever! I'm owning it.ReplyDelete
Janet is a Wongder of a person. My most recent Janet moment is reading ALEX AND THE WEDNESDAY CHESS CLUB, a picture book in verse which my chess-crazy 2nd graders love. She shares so generously of her experience and has a knack for foregrounding the universal connections in the specific details. Looking forward to this book...
Hi Heidi, I agree! xoDelete
Janet is such a positive force in children's poetry. I don't have these books in my personal collection ... yet! I'm going to add them to my wishlist.ReplyDelete