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.
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.