Laura Purdie Salas

writing the world for kids

Laura Purdie Salas

poetryaction to Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep

October 23, 2014

Happy Poetry Friday! I’m sharing another poetryaction today. I sometimes have trouble sleeping. Lately, my back has been aching–I don’t know why. Long car trips to blame? Anyway, I felt bad for Barney Saltzberg’s Chengdu and wrote this cinquain in his honor.


Here I am reading my poem:

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Empty Liner [15 words or less poems]

October 23, 2014

Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!


After eating a tasty vanilla mini-cupcake the other day, I thought the empty liner looked kind of sad and lonely. This image makes me think of:

1) what do the other cupcakes think when they see this evidence?
2) what is that ghostie doing in the reflection on the plate?
3) what a waste that some of it sticks to the liner!

And here’s my first draft.

Too Many Sweets!

November first,

ghosts hold their bellies,

afraid they’ll burst.

Who-o-o-o-o ate that?

Not meeeeeeeeee…


–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved


Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 







poetryaction to Super Sniffers, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

October 22, 2014

My little nonfiction book group is talking about some of Dorothy Hinshaw Patent’s books today, and one I read and loved was Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job. Very. Cool. Nonfiction. Book.


Super Sniffers

I decided to do a poetryaction for it, and at first I was going to write about what it must be like to be a military sniffing dog and parachute into places! (The pictures in this book are fabulous!) But then I thought about my own dog, Captain Jack Sparrow. I wrote a zeno about what job he might have. The pickin’s were slim, I’m telling you:>) His useful skills are quite limited. He’s good at cuddling, though!


I’ve been doing something new. After reading a picture book, sometimes I jot down a quick poem based on something in the book. It could be inspired by the entire book, the setting, a character, or even just a tiny detail in a picture or a single phrase from the text. I’m using picture books as a jumping off point for poems. I thought this might be something interesting for you to do in your classroom, so I’m going to share some of them here.