Laura Purdie Salas

writing the world for kids

Laura Purdie Salas

poetryaction to Super Sniffers, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

October 22, 2014
Laura

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!

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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.

 

poetryaction to Take Away the A, by Michael Escoffier

October 21, 2014
Laura

I love the concept of Take Away the A, by Michael Escoffier. It pairs words together, showing what one word becomes if you take a letter out of it.  Take Away the A

One of the pairs in the book (the “i” pair) turned “stair” into “star.” I especially liked the illustration for that, and it made me wonder what it would be like to climb stairs all the way up to stars. And, well, the worrier in me had a few questions!

And I also did something else new, trying to share a connection with another picture book I like. Take Away the A and Cat Tale both focus on words and language in a playful way.

ba_takeaway-cat

 

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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.

 

My Little Free Library! and a poetryaction to Fall Leaves, by Loretta Holland

October 20, 2014
Laura

 

Laura's Little Free Library

 

Look what I got for my birthday! More on my Little Free Library next week!

And here’s another poetryaction, this one inspired by a beautiful book that Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading raved about, Fall Leaves.

poetryaction to fall leaves

After I read this gorgeous book, I brainstormed a list of simple words that could be both nouns and verbs and tried my hand at a similar form, using one of the two title words in every single line. I had only limited success! But it was a fun language exercise:>)

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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.