Look what arrived on my doorstep this week!
“Calling all “pet people”! PET CRAZY: A Poetry Friday Power Book features twelve PowerPacks that use creative activities to get your children (K-3) thinking, drawing, reading, and writing about cats, dogs, lizards, rabbits, and more! Resources for children (as well as parents, teachers, and book club leaders) include “Hidden Language Skills” to sharpen language learning even further, recommended reading lists and websites, tips for reading aloud and writing, talking points, and places to publish.
The book features the work of the dynamic team of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, illustrator Franzi Paetzold, and 12 poets: Kristy Dempsey, Helen Frost, Janice Harrington, Eric Ode, Laura Shovan, Eileen Spinelli, Elizabeth Steinglass, Don Tate, Padma Venkatraman, April Halprin Wayland, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Tamera Will Wissinger.”
Pet Crazy is the third title in the Poetry Friday Power Book series from Pomelo Books. Like the previous two entries by poetry champions Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, Pet Crazy is a fantastic resource for budding poets, writing teachers, librarians and anyone who wants to connect poetry and young people.
This pet-themed poetry workbook includes prewriting activities, anchor, response and mentor poems from a fantastic collection of poets, fun writing prompts and an extensive collection of resources and references. It’s designed for the primary set, particularly kids in grades K-3, and harnesses kids’ natural fascination with animals to help make poetry engaging, approachable, and most of all, FUN.
Kids love animals, and this animal-themed collection will appeal to all sorts of kids, whether or not they have pets. In fact, most of the kids I work with don’t have pets – most of us are tiny apartment-dwellers – but that doesn’t mean kids won’t want to write about their dream pets!
If you work with kids, write for kids, or have an inner kid in there somewhere, this positive, creative, approachable, imaginative poetry workbook is for you. I can’t wait to share it with my budding writers at the library soon!
And in honour of this delightful celebration of animal-themed poetry, here’s a little picture of yours truly bonding with an adorable puppy statue at a museum in Osaka – as a person who loves animals but has terrible allergies, I just have to use my imagination sometimes! 🙂