Sunday, July 14, 2013
A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play
Author: Marilyn Singer
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Year: 2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Kirkus Best Books
Summary: These poems are all written to encourage and celebrate playing outside. (A bit ironic to write a book encouraging outside, but ....) The things that are lauded here will appeal to any kid, from playing with your dog to jumping rope to hide-and-seek to stargazing. My favorite is called "Making Soup" because I can totally remember doing just that with friends in my neighborhood ("Soup, soup, we're making soup with grass and stones and mud (one scoop), a hunk of cheese, a celery stalk, an old cigar, a piece of chalk.") The pictures are rich and detailed, with children of all nationalities playing together.
Classroom Ideas: This book could be a great mentor text for kids to write poetry about whatever it is that they like to do.