Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word review

Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle—these poems capture a scene from a child's daily life and present a puzzle to solve. Sometimes sweet and sometimes funny, but always clever, these poems are fun to read and even more fun for kids to write. Bob Raczka is a fresh, new voice in children's poetry who knows that fun and games can turn a poetry lesson into lemonade! (goodreads summary)

I love learning something new and by the time I finished reading this new poetic form book I was hooked.  The idea of taking a single word and making a poem out of only the letters in that word is incredibly creative. Readers will really have to put on their thinking caps to solve these clever poems.  I liked how the author had some that were easy and some that were a bit more tricky. It took me a couple of pages to figure out how to decipher them by reading the words over-and-over again. Once I got the hang of it, I was on a roll.  This would be perfect for teachers and librarians to use in the classroom for poetry writing assignments. It will definitely challenge students to think outside their box and come up with ideas on a new form of writing poetry that will be hard work but fun to do.  I think this is a "just right book" for 3rd grade and up.~

Title: Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
Author: Bob Raczka - illustrated by Nancy Doniger
Genre: Nonfiction
Pub. Date: March 2011, Roaring Brook Press
Hardcover, 48 pgs.

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