Friday, July 24, 2015

International Day of Friendship

I ran an errand this week and saw that school supplies are already on sale! I was both surprised that stores were already stocking school supplies AND excited to get a great price on new scissors, glue, and spiral notebooks! (I love school supplies even though I don't have young children in school any more.) I thought it might be fun to post a poem from our CELEBRATIONS book that is perfect for an upcoming holiday as well as back-to-school sharing. Did you that July 30 is the International Day of Friendship? That's one of the special occasions that we discovered when we created The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish (2015). It's a United Nations celebration designed to encourage governments, organizations, and community groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation. 

Here's a brand new poem from the CELEBRATIONS book, "How to Make a Friend," by Jane Heitman Healy that's perfect for celebrating this holiday-- and for kicking off a new school year, too-- in English AND Spanish, plus with the Take 5 activities for sharing this poem and linking with picture books and poetry books, too. Enjoy!





















Now head on over to Reflections on the Teche where Margaret is hosting our Poetry Friday gathering. See you there!

8 comments:

Linda Baie said...

It's a sweet and wonderful poem by Jane, just right for the friendship day. I'm glad you pointed it out. I have your Celebrations anthology, but don't remember all of them. Time to start re-reading and marking the ones to share.

Mary Lee said...

This poem is all kinds of perfect for the beginning of the school year!

Sylvia Vardell said...

So glad you like Jane's poem, too. I think it's such a gem-- and so kid-friendly too!

Irene Latham said...

Friendship day should be every day, methinks! Thank you for sharing this poem... nice reminder that friendship can be as simple as a smile.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Aloha, Sylvia! Thank you for sharing this friendly post and the poem by Jane. Yes, a perfect launching point for a new school year just around the bend! :0)

Jane Heitman Healy said...

Thanks for featuring my poem, Sylvia! I do hope for worldwide friendships and the end of enmity.

laurasalas said...

What a lovely poem, Jane! Thanks for sharing, Sylvia!

Charles Waters said...

You're my friend, Sylvia! And I'm happy to yours, too.