Friday, April 17, 2020

Spotlight Friday: Celebrating Poetry - 4.17.2020

April is National Poetry Month

Join me on Fridays as I share a new poetry book for your collections.  Some may be a book that is a poem, others may be collections of poetry.  All books you'll want to add for {future} readers!

Follow the Recipe by Marilyn Singer
Follow the Recipe: Poems About Imagination, Celebration & Cake
written by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
This book of poetry surprised me.  I loved the way Singer (and I guess I shouldn't be surprised, Singer is a master of clever poems) used the central theme of recipes but wrote about a variety of subjects.  There are some cooking poems - the one that spoke to me was "recipe for disaster"!  Whether in the kitchen or if it's going to go wrong, it will... this poem was pretty close to my life!  There are some fun cooking poems - like "recipe for adventure" for the foodies out there.  I liked "recipe for memories" about how a scent or taste or sound of a food can bring back memories.  And there are poems that make great metaphors like "recipe for measurement" which is about how after cooking things enough times you can start doing it by taste... or how sometimes in life we have to follow directions, but eventually we get by on our memories of things.  
I enjoyed the whimsical illustrations by Marjorie Priceman, they were reminiscent of Chris Raschka's.
Wonderful poetry book to add to your collection!

Flash and Gleam by Sue Fliess
Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World
written by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Khoa Le
This book is beautiful!  I was fortunate to host the premiere of the book trailer here.
While I could see how wonderful the illustrations were going to be in the book trailer, it wasn't until I held the book that I was able to pour and linger over them.  If Le lived in the United States, this book would have gone on my Mock Caldecott.
Love how Fliess weaves a celebration of the way light plays an important and playful part in our lives through the rhyming verses.  Included in the backmatter is the science information behind light and how light is included in many celebrations around the world.
Important representation of many cultures included in the story.
Another must have!

Happy poetic reading!

* Looking to find one of the books in this post?  Click on the book title and you will be taken to an online link for Brain Lair Books.  The books will stay on the link for approx. three weeks before making room for new reads.  Please support independent bookstores.*

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