Friday, November 21, 2008

POETRY FRIDAY: POETRY TO READ ALOUD--BIG, BAD AND A LITTLE BIT SCARY


Favorite Poetry Read Alouds
Kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Wade Zahares' thrilling anthology BIG, BAD AND A LITTLE BIT SCARY: POEMS THAT BITE BACK! 

This collection of 15 eerily illustrated poems features vipers and vultures to panthers and eels. Poets include: John Gardner, Eve Merriam, Maxine Kumin, Ogden Nash, Russell Hoban, Lord Alfred Douglas, Mary Ann Hoberman, Hilaire Belloc, Robert Oliver, Karla Kuskin, Valerie Worth, Dick King-Smith, John Gardner, D. H. Lawrence, and William Jay Smith.

How can children not fall in love with poetry when they are read STRIPPERS while staring at a double-page full-bleed Zahares illustration of toothy piranhas, close-up and looking like they are coming to get you. 

STRIPPERS 
       by Dick King-Smith
If you fall into a river that's full of Piranha,
They'll strip off your flesh like you'd skin a banana.
There's no time for screaming, there's no time for groans.
In forty-five seconds you're nothing but bones.

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is over at Brimstone Soup!

4 comments:

  1. Sorry about that, Jill - somehow I didn't get Mr. Linky set up correctly, and it crashed my blog! Come on over to post your poem on the link.

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  2. Sounds like delightfully scary poems. Great choice.

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  3. Ooooooh, looks good! I'm going to read that to my kids! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  4. I love the piranha/banana rhyme!

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