Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Reading 2016 I Saw an Invisible Lion Today

Does Brian Cleary ever sleep? I only ask because it seems like he has a new book coming out every time I turn around. This time he has put together an entire collection of quatrains as part of his Poetry Adventures series. He begins by explaining what a quatrain is and some of the rhyme schemes that are used in writing them. Then he proceeds to write poems about everything from invisible animals and mustaches to grandmothers and opposite day. The rhyme scheme of each poem is identified beneath the title, which makes it easy for readers to see how the different patterns work. English and language arts teachers will be pleased by the poems about adjectives and the thesaurus; both of them could introduce a lesson on those topics, besides being a part of a poetry unit. Students will enjoy the humor of the poems and their illustrations. The father's mustache stretching over onto the uncle's face will have everyone grinning, if not outright giggling. And the subject matter in "Sleepover Party", "It Could Be Worse", and "Think Again" will even appeal to boys who think that poetry is sissy stuff.

Funny, clever, short and sweet, this is a collection that every classroom and school library could use.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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