Monday, April 2, 2012

Poetry in Color

My daughter has a blog devoted to children's literacy.  This week, because April is poetry month, she shared  her favorite poetry books for children. (She is also doing a give away of one of these books.)  I happened to be at her house while she was working on this post and I browsed through a few of the books.  I was really impressed with one in particular titled, Hailstones and Halibut Bones, authored by Mary O'Neill.  It is beautifully illustrated by John Wallner but for this post I am adding some pictures from Pinterest to a few excerpts from the book.



Red is a lipstick,
Red is a shout,
Red is a signal
That says: "Watch out!"

Red is a show-off
No doubt about it----
But can you imagine
Living without it?

Brown is a house 
On the edge of town
Where wind is tearing
The shingles down.

(Zoom In)
Orange is a happy day
Saying good-by
In a sunset that
Shocks the sky.
Orange is brave
Orange is bold
It's bittersweet
And marigold. 

Dandelions and
Daisy hearts 
Custard pies and
Lemon tarts.

Gray is the color of an elephant
And a mouse
And a falling-apart house.

Content is gray
And sleepiness, too
They wear gray suede gloves
When they're touching you....

Pink is the sash
With the lovely fold
You'll remember 
When you're old.

There's purple jam
And purple jell
And a purple bruise
Next day will tell
Where you landed
When you fell.

Gold is the answer 
To many a wish.
Gold is feeling
Like a king
It's like having the most
Of everything-------

Think of what starlight
And lamplight would lack
Diamonds and fireflies
If they couldn't lean against
The colors live
Between black and white
In a land that we
Know best by sight.
But knowing best
Isn't everything,
For colors dance
And colors sing,
And colors laugh
And colors cry-----
Turn off the light
And colors die,

 Not all the colors included in the book are in this post.  This is just a few lines snatched here and there from the book to give you an idea how delightful this book is for all ages.  I hope you are intrigued enough to read the entire book.  Even better, I hope you have someone older or younger than yourself who is willing to listen as you read it aloud.

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