Lawn mower poem by valerie worth

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lawn mower poem by valerie worth

Small Poems by Valerie Worth

Title: Small Poems
Author: Valerie Worth
Illustrator: Natalie Babbitt
Genre: Poetry anthology or collection of poems for children or chapter book written in verse
Theme(s): short poems, object, imagery
Opening line/sentence: “Porches: On the front porch Chairs sit still;”
Brief Book Summary: Worth writes short poems about objects and uses great similes to describe them. Each poem is only about one object; for example, the poem is titled “daisies” or “pie” or “pig.”
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
School Library Journal
Grade 2-6 The poets ability to capture the essence of ordinary things in a few words is no better exemplified than in Worths short poems, three volumes of which have been published previously (Farrar). Children will marvel at Worths ability to examine familiar animals and everyday objects with not a wasted word. Particularly enchanting are ``The tiger /Has swallowed /A black sun. . . /Black flames /Flicker through /His fur or ``Library: ``No need even /To take out /A book: only /Go inside /And savor /The heady /Dry breath of /Ink and paper, /Or stand and /Listen to the /Silent twitter /Of a billion / Tiny busy /Black words. The other 23 poems are equally perceptive and examine anteaters, giraffes, jacks, flies and coat hangers, among others. As in Worths earlier poetry books, Babbit adds a perfectly complementary understated pen-and-ink drawing to each poem. A rare delight. Barbara McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, Md.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Professional Recommendation/Review #2:
Publishers Weekly
In her fourth volume of small poems, Worth presents us with 25 polished gems that reflect the world in all its particularities. Both the lyrics and Babbitts black-and-white drawings are understated but astonishingly vivid. The poet focuses on homely things coat hangers, fleas, a starfish, a dandelion and makes us see what we carelessly miss. The tiger has swallowed/ A black sun and carries it still:/ Black flames/ Flicker through/ His fur. A skunk walks by, half vapor, half/ Shade, diffusing/ The nights uncanny/ Essence and atmosphere. The mantis bows such lean and monklike/ Shoulders and the poet asks if he is Wholly/ Holy Pretending/ To pray/ While intending/ To prey. Each image of these spare poems startles, and each verse reveals the sensibilities in a poet who respects her audience.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Response to Two Professional Reviews: I agree with both of these reviews, especially how she “captures the essence of ordinary things in a few words.” I also like how review talks about the lyrics and understated drawings being “astonishingly vivid” because at first they seem so simple, yet they’re so complex and extraordinary.
Evaluation of Literary Elements: Worth uses a lot of similes and metaphors to describe these objects to the reader. The way she breaks her poems into lines makes the poems flow and easy to read. She also includes a small picture (sketch) per poem in pen to help with imagery of what she’s writing. She also titles each poem with a single word (the object) and does not capitalize or punctuate them.
Consideration of Instructional Application: This book would be great to read-aloud in any elementary classroom. Students could easily write their own poems about a single object of their choosing. Students could practice using similes and metaphors in their poems and adding imagery to really describe the object to a reader. For practice, they could have another student guess what object they’re writing about.
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Published 20.12.2018

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  1. Paige C. says:

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  2. Jason D. says:

    It is a glorious children's poetry collection.

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