And speaking of marvelous Margaret.... this week I'm thrilled to share with you some student work done by her students, who were inspired by poems from DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST.
Art and poems! What could be better?!
First, here's "Reef for All" by Madison:
Reef for All
Sharks feast on my citizens;
my restaurant never closes.
Eels hide in my caves;
my shelter provides homes.
Sea worms play Peek-a-boo in my tubes;
my tubes allow all ages.
Fish hide in my caves;
my cradle caves are cozy for new fins.
No sea animal can resist my charm;
I am a coral reef.
Isn't that "peek-a-boo" wonderful?! So much fun!
And here is my "Tree for All" poem that inspired it:
|illustration by Anna Wadham|
Tree for All
Giraffes feast on my leafy crown;
my buffet never closes.
Rhinos doze beneath my broad branches;
my umbrella selters and shades.
Baboons scramble up and down my trunk;
my playground delights all ages.
Owls nest in my hidden knothole;
my cradle cozies brand-new wings.
Skinks sleep in my thick, spotted bark;
my camouflage keeps them safe.
Safari ants trail along my roots;
my roadways help build a city.
No grassland beast can resist my charms;
I am a wild bush willow tree.
- Irene Latham
Next we have "What T-Rex Knows" by Jacob:
What T-Rex Knows
to walk on two legs
and fight like a pro
to hunt like a beast
and eat his foe
he's strong as a
he's friends with
66 million years ago
Oh, that spinning tornado! Yes!
And here is my poem "What Rhino Knows" :
Finally, here is "Zeno Poem" by Vannisa, about the hardships of writing poetry:
Finding topics to write is hard.
Yes, indeed! Writing takes time. Thank you, Margaret and students! Your work is a gift.
Coming next week: posts featuring some of the fabulous schools I've visited this year... readers and art and words and FOOD! I'm excited to share with all of you. Meanwhile, hope you have a great weekend! Live your poem!!