Poetry Discussion + Reply Read at least three books of poetry written by one of the winners of the Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry presented by
Poetry Discussion + Reply Read at least three books of poetry written by one of the winners of the Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry presented by the National Council of Teachers of English listed on page 124 in the textbook, Figure 9.1. How can the poems in these books be used to nurture a love of poetry?
The author I chose was Joyce Sidman, and I read Before Morning, Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, and Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. The first two were single-poem picture books, while Song of the Water Boatman is a collection of poems. Sidman combines easy to read, amusing words with beautiful illustrations; they go hand in hand in creating a scene for the reader. Poetry, with its rhythm, is almost like music, and combined with detailed imagery, can entrance the reader; Sidman’s books do an excellent job of doing so.
Swirl by Swirl in particular has captivating imagery of nature, from the depths of the ocean to valleys in the mountains, all the while describing the many places spirals can be found. Song of the Water Boatman also has poems about nature, each poem describing another creature one may find in a pond. Both of these books are also informative, in that they have labels for the many plants and animals included in the book. Song of the Water Boatman also includes little snippets of information about some of the animals portrayed in the poems; while reading poetry, kids can learn more about nature as they flip the pages.
Before Morning is a little different than the latter two books in that it shows picturesque scenes of a winter evening in an idyllic town, and a story unfolds in images: an airline pilot leaves his family for a flight, and the poem consists of a child hoping that the snow brings his father back.
These poems can be used to nurture a love of poetry in that they are easy to read, have beautiful illustrations related to the poems, and, for the first two books at least, help teach more about nature, all in a unique way. Poems are different from other stories in that they have rhythm to them, making them an interesting way to get into literature.