Welcome to Poetry Month 2018 at No Water River!
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is a busy author and presenter who has published over ninety books for young people and teachers alike. He’s also a generous and supportive friend to poets new and old, a prolific blogger famous for his poetic blog parties, and just one funny guy. Please welcome beloved poet …
DAVID L. HARRISON
Seek to capture the life cycle of a small creature. Rhyme scheme is open but challenge yourself beyond abcb stanzas.
COMMUNITY COLLECTION 8: LIFE CYCLES
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A brown slug
Is an ugly bug.
In my kale.
Leaves are a feast
For this slimy beast.
a life too short to fathom,
but you, my queen, my madam,
oh, how many eggs you’ve laid!
You’ve earned the right to reign supreme
pampered, fed, and licked by your team,
you might get years to rule your regime.
© Sherry Howard
but it has disappeared.
He grew four legs,
his tail’s gone,
a frog’s appeared!
© 2018 Dianne Moritz
Ode to a Nest of Starlings
then settles over her eggs.
Mama’s murmuration to the world.
© Ann Magee 2018
His Short Happy Life
when you dined on humankind!
© Judy Sobanski
You crawl around the ground like ants.
You dine on decomposing plants.
You breathe with small aquatic gills
and roll up into little pills.
They call you “pill bug” but you’re not
a bug at all. I’ve just been taught
you’re actually a land crustacean.
Here’s a gem of information:
shrimp and lobsters (exclamation!)
are your closest known relation.
© 2018 Heather Kinser
David L. Harrison’s first book for children (The Boy with a Drum), was released in 1969 and sold over two million copies. The first of his long list of awards came in 1972 when he received the Christopher Award for The Book of Giant Stories. Since then David has published ninety original titles that have sold millions of copies.
His work has been anthologized in more than one hundred eighty-five books, appeared in dozens of magazines, professional journals, and interviews in print and online, translated into twelve languages, and presented on television, radio, cassette, and CD-ROM.
David’s SKY HIGH ON READING program was the International Reading Association’s nationwide winner in 2001. The Missouri Librarian Association presented him with its 2007 Literacy Award for the body of his work.
David has given keynote talks and presentations at more than 300 national, regional, state, and local conferences across the country plus innumerable school visits and parent nights. He holds science degrees from Drury and Emory universities and honorary doctorate of letters degrees from Missouri State University and Drury University. David Harrison Elementary school is named for him and he is poet laureate of Drury. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife Sandy.
Discover more about the author and his books at www.DavidLHarrison.com.
(from the author’s website)
Many animals build something — a nest, tunnel, or web — in order to pair up, lay eggs, give birth, and otherwise perpetuate their species. Organized based on where creatures live — underground, in the water, on land, or in the air — twelve poems bring fish, insects, reptiles, mammals, and birds to life. Back matter includes more information about each animal.
“A fine synthesis of poetry and science” — Kirkus Reviews
“A natural for classroom use, with eye-catching art that will lure little ones in” — Booklist
(from the Amazon.com)
NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T: POEMS ABOUT CREATURES THAT HIDE
Nineteen different animals, placed in five animal categories, are represented first by artwork and poetry and finally by brief paragraphs and references for further reading. The poems are graceful and often humorous, giving good introductions to the reasons behind each animal’s protective coloration. The illustrations, which involve “drawing, cutting, painting, and gluing,” likewise effectively convey how camouflage works, without pretense of photorealism.
The categories—sea life, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, insects and spiders, and birds—reveal a wide variety of animals, from ghost crab to Bengal tiger, walking stick to hawk. The text educates young readers about useful camouflage for predators and for prey, without resorting to anything truly disturbing. Other than a “buzzy fly” becoming “fast food” for a spider and some tiny fish disappearing, predators are shown as merely threatening, and prey are shown as successfully hiding. Endnotes, cover, and layout all add to a thoughtful, well-executed book. An attractive, informative blend of science and the arts. (from Kirkus, starred review)
Free-verse cowpoke ruminations on the trail to Abilene, with paintings of long-horned doggies and grizzled riders beneath big skies. Saddle up, pardner, leave the bunkhouse (where “bug gnaw plugs right outta your hide”) behind and look fer dusty days, freezing nights, rattlers, storms and meal after meal of beef and beans from Cookie.
Harking back to cattle drives of yesteryear, Burr portrays leather-skinned figures with nearphotographic realism. “You need sand in your gizzard / to wrangle wild cows, / chaps for fendin’ off thorns / or horses with a taste / for cowpoke leg.” . . . So git along, there, anyone with a mind to share cowboy dreams in romanticized, Old West style. (from Kirkus)
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“Yellow Garden Spider” and prompts copyright © by David L. Harrison, from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY (Charlesbridge, 2018)
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