Friday, January 6, 2017

GUESS WHO, HAIKU by Deanna Caswell

Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit lovely Linda who wrote some amazing haiku during December at TeacherDance for our very first Roundup of 2017. Wow!

I am at a school visit today talking books and writing with elementary students, which is a wonderful way to spend a Friday! But I did want to share a link to a post I wrote earlier this week over at Smack Dab in the Middle entitled One Hope for Writers.

And click here to read about my 2017 One Little Word.

Also, other good news: FRESH DELICIOUS was selected as a Cybils finalist for poetry along with some other great titles:
Photo collage created and shared
on Twitter by Sylvia Vardell!

When I realized I'd read all but two, I logged in to put a hold on those books at my library.  Interesting thing: our library system has just over 20 libraries, and there were at least a dozen copies of GUESS WHO, HAIKU by Deanna Caswell, illus. by Bob Shea (Abrams Appleseed) in the system! Yay for poetry!

This is an adorable, accessible book, perfect for our youngest listeners. I like how it's interactive -- not just haiku, but a guess who? game. Poetry for wee ones should be fun, and this book is! And who doesn't love farm animals?

I like this one, offered up by the cow:

"flower visitors
busy buzzing in the field
black and yellow stripes

Can you guess who from her haiku?
A bee!"
- Deanna Caswell

Something in the author's note caught my eye: "Try covering the middle line of other haiku in this book." Hmmm... I will try this with other haiku as well.

Wishing everyone a lovely day and weekend. xo


  1. Congrats to you! Such exciting news. And I love that you are highlighting Guess Who, Haiku, which I am also fond of. Have a wonderful New Year!

  2. Just ordered the book from the library. Thanks for highlighting it, Irene.

  3. Congrats on your book. I have several poetry books I want to read now.

  4. Hurray for bees! :-) You are quite accomplished to have read all but 2 of the CYBILS poetry finalists!! Hope your school visit went well in spite of the crazy weather! xoxo

  5. Hooray for Fresh Delicious!

  6. I enjoyed this book, too, Irene. I'll share with the grand-girls, but the book makes me wish I had a young class again. I'm sure it would be a hit. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations again about Fresh! Delicious! Farmer's markets seem far away right now. . .

  7. Thanks for sharing this book, Irene. "Guess who" pieces are always such fun. I have a collection of sentence sets that I use for students to practice identify the different kinds of sentences, and sentence no. 10 poses "guess who." Students always love 'em. I've always read first two line of a haiku together and then the last two lines together, but I've never read the first and last as a pair. I just tried it on my "Snow" haiku... very interesting. Lovely day to you, too.

  8. Congrats on having Fresh Delicious chosen as a Cybils finalist! I saw it on the list earlier this week and gave a private fist pump of celebration here in my little writing space.

  9. Thanks for sharing this fun little book, and a big, huge congrats on the nomination!!

  10. Congratulations, Irene! Such a well-deserved honor! Guess Who, Haiku sounds perfect for our kindergarteners. They are so full of curiosity and love writing poems! Can't wait to share this with them. Happy New Year!

  11. Congratulations on FRESH DELICIOUS! Definitely a worthy choice! I'm looking forward to sharing GUESS WHO, HAIKU with my granddaughter. I think she will love it!

  12. Adorable! And, many congratulations on Fresh Delicious. I look forward to hearing more good news about that work. Happy New Year. I so enjoy what you bring to poetry and Poetry Friday each week.


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