Putting these books in no particular order (other than alphabetical) means I’m showing no preference, but it also means I can’t mash up themes or authors. Yet today’s picture book feels like a natural follow up to yesterday’s anyway!
AT THE POND is yet another wonderful collection of poems on a theme by David Elliott. He has several in this series (and we’ll see at least one other later this month). Over the years, I’ve reviewed a couple of his picture books and yet I’ve heard his name a lot recently as he’s had several poetry books published within a recent span of each other. I’m quickly becoming enamored with David’s writing style. In this series, there is a simplicity that is incredibly deceptive. There’s a fun sense of word play for the very young on a topic that will also appeal and yet as a set can be a wonderful STEM conversation on habitats. And yet the choice of words like “dabbing” in the poem I selected today, remain in the mind rolling around long after they’ve been read. I love that!
And let’s not forget the GORGEOUS illustrations by Amy Schimler-Safford. She uses a mixed media approach that is stunning. I found myself pouring over her illustrations and wondering how she managed to make each one.
There were so many poems I could’ve chosen, but I kept coming back to the ducks. There was a pond where I grew up and I loved to see the ducks. There’s a pond close to where I live now and I love to see the ducks. I think I had to chose the poem I did, but I also couldn’t get it out of my mind. You’ll see what I mean.
And if you’re looking for more poetry fun this month, be sure to check out the Kidlitosphere Event Roundup! Thank you for stopping by!