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Teaching 10 Fabulous Forms of Poetry
Paul B. Janeczko
0439073464
Oct 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Great Lessons, Brainstorming Sheets, and Organizers for Writing Haiku, Limericks, Cinquains, and Other Kinds of Poetry Kids LoveMakes Teaching Poetry Easy!Let poet Paul Janeczko guide you through ten fun forms of poetry kids will love! Teaching poetry becomes a total joy with this renowned poet's insights, easy-to-use reproducibles, and step-by-step mini-lessons at your fingertips. Includes background information, ideas for teaching the forms, and reproducible models for each kids of poem. Poetic forms include haiku, senryu, tanka, limerick, found, concrete, and more!

About the Author
Paul Janeczko is a celebrated poet and award-winning anthologist. His first Scholastic Teaching Resources book was the best-selling Favorite Poetry Lessons. He lives with his wife and daughter...


I'm Too Young To Be Seventy : And Other Delusions
Judith Viorst
0743267745
September 27, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The beloved bestselling author of Forever Fifty and Suddenly Sixty now tackles the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian with her usual wry good humor.Fans of Judith Viorst's funny, touching, and wise poems about turning thirty, forty, fifty, and sixty will love this new volume for the woman who deeply believes she is too young to be seventy, "too young in my heart and my soul, if not in my thighs."Viorst explores, among the many other issues of this stage of life, the state of our sex lives and teeth, how we can stay married though thermostatically incompatible, and the joys of grandparenthood and shopping. Readers will nod with rueful recognition when she asks, "Am I required to think of myself as a basically shallow woman because I feel better when my hair looks good?," when she presses a few helpful...


Big Little Book of Playboy Limericks
Editors of Playboy
1402730136
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This wonderful book is overflowing with the razor-sharp wordplay and naughty sense of humor that have made the limerick hugely popular for centuries. Collected from the annals of popular verse as well as from the Party Jokes page of Playboy, these playful ditties are guaranteed to bring a smile to the lips (and a blush to the cheek).


Crystal Syllables
Marc Jolicoeur
1420818481
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Cautionary Tales for Children
Edward Gorey, Hilaire Belloc
0151007152
December 1, 2002
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Tales is written in the style of a picture book, with sprightly little rhymes that speak of the foibles of children and the horrible consequences thereof. First penned nearly a century ago, the sort of story that Belloc parodies continues to be written today and read to youngsters, but readers who are more sophisticated will better appreciate these tales of disproportionate punishment. Children are whimsically eaten by lions or consigned to life as a bootblack for their sins-or, by contrast, a boy who fires a loaded gun at his sister is reprimanded sternly. Gorey's artfully antiquated style exactly fits Belloc's writing and brings this edition to life-a single pen-and-ink line shows the sister's satisfaction at hearing her brother called to task. The previously unpublished illustrations...


Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life
Judith Viorst
068486763X
October 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the bestselling author of Forever Fifty comes a new collection of poems that tickle, console, and offer the pleasure of instant recognition -- the perfect book for any woman anywhere in the vicinity of sixty. Judith Viorst's "decade" books of verse -- including It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty, How Did I Get to Be Forty, and Forever Fifty -- have delighted millions of readers worldwide who relish her wit, warmth, and wisdom. Now here she is with Suddenly Sixty, a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life. Among the poems in this charmingly illustrated collection are those exploring the joys -- and strains -- of children and grandchildren, and the intimacy of old friends who've...


The Verse by the Side of the Road : The Story of the Burma-Shave Signs and Jingles
Frank Rowsome Jr.
0452267625
October 1990
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A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms
Paul B. Janeczko (Editor)
0763606626
April 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-9–Following on the heels of their delightful introduction to concrete poetry, A Poke in the I (Candlewick, 2001), Janeczko and Raschka now join forces to explore poetic forms. An introduction presents an easy-to-swallow rationale for the many rules to follow, likening the restrictions to those found in sports: in both cases, rules challenge the players to excel in spite of limits. The repertoire then unfolds to showcase 29 forms, one to two poems per spread, building from a couplet, tercet, and quatrain to the less familiar and more complex persona poem, ballad, and pantoum. The selections are accessible without being simplistic; they span an emotional range from the tongue-in-cheek humor of J. Patrick Lewis's "Epitaph for Pinocchio" to Rebecca Kai Dotlich's moving "Whispers to the [Vietnam]...


Archy and Mehitabel
Don Marquis
0385094787
April 17, 1970
Paperback
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Book Review
Of all the literary genres, humor has the shortest shelf life--except for Archy and Mehitabel, that is. First published in 1916, it is a classic of American literature. Archy is a cockroach, inside whom resides the soul of a free-verse poet; he communicates with Don Marquis by leaping upon the keys of the columnist's typewriter. In poems of varying length, Archy pithily describes his wee world, the main fixture of which is Mehitabel, a devil-may-care alley cat.

Archy music will linger in your head long after you finish the book. Here's a tiny taste from his interview with a mummy:

"what ho
my regal leatherface says i

greetings
little scatter footed
scarab
says he"

Writers (particularly journalists) can go lifetimes without attaining such loose-limbed grace. And the illustrations by...



Haikus for Jews : For You, a Little Wisdom
David M. Bader
060960502X
September 7, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
"Of all the many forms of Jewish-Japanese poetry, the Jewish haiku is perhaps the most sublimely beautiful," begins the foreword to the wickedly funny and tirelessly bizarre Haikus for Jews by David M. Bader. If you can't abide a little fun with stereotypes, read another book. But if you don't mind a little ribbing, take a look at the following haiku, which gives only a mild taste of the yummy-as-lox treats gathered in this collection: "Jewish voodoo tip -- / mention an acting career, / then watch for chest pain." And if you liked that, you'll love this: "Lightbulb out again -- / how many of us must meet / to change it this time?" And they just keep getting better.

Book Description
Why is this haiku book different from all other haiku books?

For centuries, the Japanese haiku...


Architecture Animals
Michael J. Crosbie
0471143588
June 1995
Board Book
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Midwest Book Review
Architecture Animals will fascinate readers of all ages as they go on a kind of excursion into the deepest, wildest architectural jungles around. Architecture Animals features fourteen animals as they are found in the native habitats around the country: crawling across building facades, perched at the top of a skyscraper, or lounging at the ocean shore. Each full-color photograph is accompanied by a rhyme that gives hints of the animals' location or history. Architecture Animals is virtually unique and will give a fresh view to architectural detail and fascade. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Card catalog description
Presents photographs of animal sculptures and architectural details, accompanied by limericks. --This text refers to the...


Forever Fifty
Judith Viorst
0684832372
September 3, 1996
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In her seventh collection of verse homilies the prolific Viorst ( How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities ) offers mild-mannered complaints about and righteous jubilation in honor of aging--specifically, turning 50. "No, I'm not ashamed of my age," she declares, observing that maturity brings wisdom, though various vexations ("Face lift, or no face lift--that is the question") follow close behind. Interspersed with her gripes is commonsensical advice: when youthful "fantasies of magic and of mystery" prove impractical, a spirit of compromise (the "sweet pleasures of an ordinary life") will come in handy. Though displaying her knack for penning advice columns in a conversational verse form, Viorst is not a poet, either major or minor: her lackadaisical, thudding rhymes and metrics owe more to the prosaic...


Poetry for Cats : The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse
Henry Beard
0679435824


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Book Review
Even if you don't like cats--or poetry--you'll be tickled by the contents of Henry Beard's Poetry for Cats. Beard has already demonstrated his command of French in previous books, French for Cats and Advanced French for Exceptional Cats. Now he shows off his extraordinary skills as a parodist. Consider, for example, "Grendel's Dog," from "Beocat": . . . Then boasted Beocat, noble battle-kitten, Bane of barrow-bunnies, bold seeker of nest-booty: . . . I would lay the whelpling low with lethal claw-blows; Fur would fly and the foe would taste death-food . . . Or, from a later period, William Blake's cat's poem, "The Mongrel": Mongrel! Mongrel! Barking blight, Bane upon my yard at night; What infernal hand or eye, Could frame thy vile anatomy? Beard is obviously at home with poetry of many...


Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook
John Boswell
0767919076
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Somewhere, someone is having a perfect Christmas, filled with chestnuts roasting and sleigh bells ringing…

Screw ‘em.

Most of us are having just the opposite: a nutcrackin’ nightmare of anger, hurt feelings, evil in-laws, and carbs beyond counting. A time when grudges grow and gasses pass. A time of maxed-out credit cards and a ham that the vegetarians are ready to hurl through the frosty window.

It’s that holidays that we celebrate here.

Evil little brothers, pregnant tattooed sisters, horny dogs, and cross-dressing dads–they’re all here, ready to spread their Christmas cheer. So untangle the lights, spill some eggnog, and gather ‘round the place where happier families would have a piano. Now prepare to enjoy all the carols you...


Ogden Nash's Zoo
Ogden Nash, Etienne Delessert
0941434958
March 15, 1986
Hardcover
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When The Teacher Isn't Looking : And Other Funny School Poems
Kenn Nesbitt
0684031280
June 28, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Kenn Nesbitt's When Teacher Isn't Looking contains humorous poems about school, covering everything from homework and tests to school lunches and detention. Nesbitt, well known on the school visit circuit, has contributed poems to many Meadowbrook Press humorous poetry anthologies.

About the Author
Kenn Nesbitt wrote his first children's poem, "Scrawny, Tawny Skinner," in 1994, inspired by having dinner with a friend whose four-year-old daughter did everything she could to get out of eating her dinner! Since then, Kenn has written five books of humorous children's poetry. His poems have been included in many anthologies of humorous children's poetry, including If Kids Ruled the School and No More Homework! No More Tests!, on audio CDs and in textbooks. His poems have also...


Dirty Beasts
Roald Dahl
0142302279
October 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Roald Dahl's inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl's animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for reading aloud and makes Quentin Blake's celebrated illustrations even more enjoyable.

"Will elicit a loud 'Yuck.' In other words, children will love them." (Children's Book Review Service)

Card catalog description
A collection of humorous poems about amazing or nasty creatures, including a flying cow, a pig who turns the tables...


Rainbows, Head Lice and Pea-Green Tile: Poems in the Voice of the Classroom Teacher
Brod Bagert
0929895282
August 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
For all teachers: It's your life told here, dear teacher, with all its glories, warts, joys, and heartaches. The poems of Brod Bagert, America's performance poet, chronicle the frustrations of the profession, as well as their transformation into the unexpected victories that make it all worthwhile. The cast of characters includes the second grade from hell, that hopeless, control-freak-of-a-colleague, the faculty restroom, the custodian, Rambo teacher, and even the cafeteria food. Brod speaks in the voice of the classroom teacher, and the voice rings true. Here's a perfect gift - for yourself or for a teacher you love. Illustrated by illustrator/author Kim Doner. Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Illustrated Book.

About the Author
Like a poetic Johnny Appleseed, Brod...


The Tao of Meow
Waldo Japussy
0898048001
May 1990
Paperback
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Cat Fancy, December 1990
"A well-executed philosophical parody!"

Book Description
Every millenium produces its own original thinkers—brave, independent sages who look at life from completely fresh perspectives and leave behind them a glorious legacy of truth and wisdom for the benefit of us all. Such is the case again with "The Tao of Meow," a collection of 81 reflections on life and the way to total self-gratification as only a cat can tell it. Any resemblance between these verses and the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu is entirely deliberate and indicates that you are a discerning reader.

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