{illustrator} LeUyen Pham (pt 2)

Yesterday I posted a bit of what I learned about LeUyen Pham. Today I am looking at a few of the picture books she illustrated. A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). Marilyn Singer, a renowned poet, offers 18 poems involving outdoor play withContinue reading “{illustrator} LeUyen Pham (pt 2)”

{poetry} poem in your pocket day

It is Poem in Your Pocket Day! A day where you carry a poem in your pocket to share with those around you; an opportunity to share and converse and connect with people through poetry. I have Margarita Engle’s “Archetype” poem in my pocket. Consequently, it also fits in with the Once Upon a TimeContinue reading “{poetry} poem in your pocket day”

{poetry} cities & theatres

The daughter has been taking a Poetry for one of her Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) classes. The quarter culminates in a Poetry Cafe where the students read some of their work aloud. Natalya has given me permission to share two of the poems. The first is a Found Poem one of her other teachers told herContinue reading “{poetry} cities & theatres”

{book} my name is mina

Do you ever have the urge to write an author and transcriptionally hug and kiss them because of your profound gratitude for their having been born and having written this one particular book? I usually hug the book instead. And I’ve been hugging My Name is Mina the past few days. I should really write thoseContinue reading “{book} my name is mina”

dancing home

Dancing Home  by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta Atheneum Books, 2011 hardcover, 147 pages. Juvenile Fiction (ages 8-12) Mexico may be her parents’ home, but it’s certainly not Margie’s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent American–just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the imageContinue reading “dancing home”

Every Thing On It

SPIDER A spider lives inside my head Who weaves a strange and wondrous web Of silken threads and silver strings To catch all sorts of flying things, Like crumbs of thoughts and bits of smiles And specks of dried-up tears, And dust of dreams that catch and cling For years and years and years…. ~ShelContinue reading “Every Thing On It”

inside out

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai HarperCollins, 2011. 262 pages, hardcover. Chosen from my Concenter List; has a beautiful cover and intriguing title. No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama. For all the ten years of her life, HÀ has only knownContinue reading “inside out”