NPM 2020 Day 14: Tea Party

Oh how I love tea!  Let me sing to you of its virtues!

1-Tea Party COVERWhen I was last at Highlights in October 2018, I found this book, “Tea Party Today: Poems to Sip and Savor” on the shelf in my cabin.  I was delighted but had NO time to actually read it.  I made a mental note to track it down and … as often happens with mental notes, I forgot all about it.  But then I found it this year as I was preparing for my April poetry blogs and I was tickled pink.

As this is an older book (published in 1999), I’m going to cheat.  I’m going to break the “only one” rule and share TWO poems (because I couldn’t decide between them!).  Why does it matter that it’s an older book?  It doesn’t.  But I figure it could use the extra publicity.

This is a delightful collection of poems written by Eileen Spinelli about all sorts of possible tea parties (each page even includes a fun tip kids could use to make a tea party 10 times more fun!–perfect for a Boyds Mills Press publication, right?).  The illustrations by Karen Dugan are delightful.  There were many poems I loved in this collection (I mean, I loved the WHOLE book), but I winnowed down the poems to TWO that I will share today.

The first poem is SO very me in every tea shop I’ve ever encountered.  My husband can attest to this.

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The second poem I picked had to do with TWO of my passions: tea and the ocean.  My blog is called “Of Tea and Mermaids” so HOW could I resist?  Here it is:

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And if you’re looking for more poetry fun this month, be sure to check out the Kidlitosphere Event Roundup!

About jenabenton

I'm an elementary school teacher, writer, illustrator and storyteller.

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