Friday, April 09, 2010

Poetry Tag: Marilyn Singer is IT

Poetry Tag continues for Poetry Friday this week (and every day in April). Yesterday, Joyce Sidman shared a “bird” poem and then she tagged Marilyn Singer. Marilyn shares a bird poem of her own with this note, “Sticking with both Joyce's bird theme and the idea of flocking, here's a poem about my favorite bird--- rather different from the lovely, seed-eating goldfinches. It's from THE COMPANY OF CROWS and it's spoken by ‘The Father’ (crow).” Here is the page from the book used with permission of the poet and the illustrator:

From The Company of Crows by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Linda Saport (Clarion, 2002). Used with permission of the poet and the illustrator.

Five fun facts about Marilyn Singer
*a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden prompted her to focus on writing for young people
*she loves ballroom dancing
*her first book of poetry for children was Turtle in July (Macmillan, 1989)
*she has also written nonfiction, picture books, fairy tales, YA novels, and mysteries
*she and co-host, Barbara Genco launched the annual ALSC Poetry Blast of poets reading from their works in 2003
[Based on Poetry People; A Practical Guide to Children’s Poets]

Look for these selected poetry books by Singer:
*Turtle in July (Macmillan, 1989)
*Fireflies at Midnight (Atheneum, 2000)
*Monster Museum (Hyperion, 2001)
*Footprints on the Roof: Poems about the Earth (Knopf, 2002)
*How to Cross a Pond: Poems about Water (Knopf, 2003)
*Creature Carnival (Hyperion, 2004)
*Central Heating: Poems about Fire and Warmth (Knopf, 2005)
*First Food Fight This Fall (Sterling, 2008)
*Shoe Bop! (Dutton, 2008)
*Mirror, Mirror (Dutton, 2010)

Next up: Kristine O’Connell George

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.

Image credits:;;;Clarion


Elaine Magliaro said...


I became a fan of Marilyn's poetry after reading TURTLE IN JULY. It's such a wonderful book of animal masks poems. I wish it was still in print today. I own all of Marilyn's other poetry books.

I think MIRROR MIRROR is a brilliant collection!

Aline Pereira/ PaperTigers said...

What a lovely idea, to play poetry tag. And what a stellar lineup of poets! Can't wait to see who the others will be!

It was wonderful meeting you in person in Bologna, Sylvia. Thanks for all you do!

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Mary Lee said...

These crows are definitely different from the goldfinches! Can't wait to see what direction we go today!

Mandy Yates said...

I agree with Elaine! I love Turtle in July! I've ordered Mirror Mirror and am axiously waiting for it to arrive in the mail!
Awaking each morning and wondering which wonderful poet will be next. Reading each new post is like receiving a mini-poetry package in the mail! I love it.

Marjorie said...

Unlike Elaine, Marilyn's poetry is new to me (I'll blame it on being in the UK but maybe it's still a question of Where Have I Been?!) - but I'm very taken with it and seeing the otehr Poetry Friday posts about her new book, I know I want to explore her work further - thank you for introducing her to me. I have a feeling I'm going to be saying that a few more times before this game is over...