Friday, May 16, 2014

Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver, illus. by Tomie dePaola

Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Liz Steinglass for Roundup.

When I was a little girl, the one thing I was absolutely sure of, was that someday I wanted to be a mother. I loved babies! It helped that I have two younger siblings, and I was a very busy babysitter for other people's children for many years. I really enjoyed our three sons when they were babies and still get such a kick out watching little ones in restaurants and Walmart. Even their tantrums are cute to me now! :) This book LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie dePaola really took me back... and I have already gifted it to a neighbor who has just welcomed a new baby boy.

What about you?? Love babies? Ever wonder what Baby is thinking when she drops the fork yet again? These poems are all told in Baby's voice, and they just might give you a clue. :) What fun!

Here's 3 of my favorites:


I like to drop food from my chair.
It lands kerplop, but I don't care.
I watch it fall down to the floor.
It's so much fun, I toss some more.

My mom says no, my dad says please
Stop launching bits of toast and cheese.
They're right - I will try hard to stop.
But first...just one more small kerplop!

- Lin Oliver


Without my blankie,
Me so cranky.
When it's by me,
Me all smiley.

- Lin Oliver


A sneeze
is a breeze
Your Nose.

- Lin Oliver


  1. Adorable poems. Have heard a lot about this book, but haven't seen it yet. Enjoyed hearing you read :).

  2. I am with you on babies -- I can't resist a baby or a dog :-)

  3. Cute! Fun that they're all written from the baby's perspective.

  4. Sweet! A perfect collection for the little ones.

  5. What a great idea--writing them from the baby's perspective!

  6. Oh I have to know more about Lin Oliver's poetry, clearly. Yes, yes, love love babies! Not when they're bawling their hearts out though. :)

  7. I didn't even realize Lin wrote poetry! Very nice person, though - her work with SCBWI has helped innumerable folks like me, trying to get published. Thanks for sharing!


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