Saturday, April 02, 2011

BOOKSPEAK! by Laura Purdie Salas

Poetry Tag continues with a book review of a new book of poetry connected to yesterday's book review.

Today’s tagline:
More poems about books

Guest Reviewer: Kendra Duckworth

Featured Book: Salas, Laura Purdie. 2011. BookSpeak!. Ill. by Josee Bisaillon. Clarion.

Kendra writes: In lieu of a traditional review, I am including a book trailer as an advertisement for this new and exciting poetry book. The rhyme, rhythm, voice of each poem, from the point of view of the book, makes this a must read! Hopefully, not only will this inspire children to read this book, but it will inspire them to read!

"Calling All Readers" would be a great introduction into a story time! What a fabulous way to demonstrate the wonderful things that can be found in a book (time travel, adventure, a friend!). This leading poem can inspire people to read and to write about their own adventures in books. Have students select a book about an adventure or tell a story about an adventure. Make connections with this poem through other books shared. 

Calling All Readers

by Laura Purdie Salas

I'll tell you a story.

I'll spin you a rhyme.

I'll spill some ideas - 

and we'll travel through time.

Put down the controller.

Switch off the TV.

Abandon the mouse and

just hang out with me.

I promise adventure.

Come on, take a look!

On a day like today,

there's no friend like a book.

Another poem in this book, "I've Got This Covered," talks about the appeal of the book jacket and how it is the first attraction to a book. Have students make a new jacket to a book they love and want other students to be attracted to.
The ideas are boundless to share poem and book and get students enthralled in reading.

Tomorrow’s tagline: This book has an acrostic poem, among many others. Let’s look at other works that focus on poetic form next.

[And don’t forget to get your own copy of PoetryTagTime, 30 poems by 30 poets, all connected and downloadable right now at Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle app for your computer, iPad or phone. Just 99 cents. Spread the word.]

Image credit

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell and students © 2011. All rights reserved.


Lynda said...

I loved the little invitation to leave trivial nonsense such as television and video games in order to read a book!

One of my personal favorites is 13 Clocks by James Thurber, copyright 1950! (Out of print, but available somewhere and worth the quest. It is a perfect example of a valuable not to be found with "the remote"!)

A remarkable sentence on page 73 of my copy reads, "The brambles and the thorns grew thick and thicker in a ticking thicket of bickering crickets." The meaning is there throughout the story, but the language is amazing!


laurasalas said...

Thanks for featuring BookSpeak! I was so awed by Kendra's project! Great connections ideas...

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Wow that trailer is great! Thanks for sharing this.