Friday, February 5, 2016

Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy

Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect for Roundup.

Today you can find my niece Anna's artwork "Imagination Window" and the poem it inspired over at A Penny and Her Jots. Thank you, Penny, for inviting Anna and me to be a part of your marvelous blog series featuring inter-generational family art collaboration! I want to do more of this in my life. :)

And now I am happy to share with you a Cybils nominated poetry book SLEEPY SNOOZY COZY COOZY: A Book of Animal Beds by Judy Young, illus. by Michael Glenn Monroe. On each spread readers meet a new animal -- mole, beaver, alligator, dolphin. The poems are untitled and all end with the same closing two lines:

"Place where you won't lay your head
But to a [animal name here] it's a bed."

You'll find some fun nonsense words, as the book's title suggests. There's also a info box on each spread, and something I love is that each info box ends with a question, like "How long do you sleep?" Or, "Do you curl up to sleep, too?" This is a wonderful way to engage young readers!

Here's my favorite spread:

In the tall grasses of a glade
A spider weaves from blade to blade
Up and down and flow and ebb
Until he climbs onto his web.

A springy stringy
Oh so clingy
Frail and flossy
Quite criss-crossy

Sticky tacky
Stay way backy
Place where you won't lay your head
But to a spider it's a bed.

- Judy Young
"Stay way backy." Ha! :)


  1. I'm in love with this book already.
    "Sticky tacky
    Stay way backy."
    Those lines just make me smile! Requesting it today.
    Just checked out Anna's artwork and your poem. You make a delightful team!

  2. For my students I am loving these poetry books (like yours) that share information as well as good poetry. I liked this book so much. The words and images worked well together and made me want to crawl into an animal nest.

  3. Hi, Irene! I matched your Adéle poem with a song today!
    This sounds like a fun book for a grandchild...

  4. Beautiful and fun. I know a new baby. This looks like a wonderful gift.

  5. What a fun poem! I know our Kindergarten teachers will love this book. Thank you for sharing it today!

  6. It's a terrific book. Might have to send to great niece about to be born.

  7. I haven't seen this yet - delightful! And great idea for a picture book. Thanks for sharing.
    (I'm in love with that "stay way backy" line, too!) ;0)

  8. Looks like so much fun to read aloud!

  9. I have the grand-girls here with me, but I interrupted their play to read them this poem. Guess that's another book to order, Irene. How fun this poem is, and the girls laughed and loved the rhythm. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I loved being part of the CYBILS poetry team. So many terrific books. I'm still enjoying sharing them on my blog and with the kids at my school. Just passed off PAPER HEART yesterday. Can't wait to see what book actually wins the whole she-bang! I think it will be a super difficult (impossible?) choice.

  11. I am in love with nonsense words. This is great, really. Thanks for sharing.


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