Wednesday, November 19, 2014

35 Shopping Days Left! Review - Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems

Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems

Poetry books in general don't do very well here, but concrete poems are fun, and what kid won't pick up a book with a toilet on the cover?

What is a concrete poem? Why, I am so glad you (or your young patrons) asked, because that is the very first sentence in the book. It is followed by a quite serviceable explanation, with a concrete (ha!) example, and some suggested topics for writing your own. 

The poems are mostly witty and humorous, and I found myself reading several lines aloud. From "The Last Piece of Halloween Candy": The caramel treats have been enjoyed, the nutty chocolate savored/ but no one wants a candy bar that's 'Tuna Salad' flavored." 

Complementing the forms of the concrete poems are different fonts, and the little people you see on the cover reacting to the subject matter.

This would be a great book to read aloud to your class, a couple poems a day, to lead up to a poetry unit. If I were still in the classroom, I might reproduce a few to post on the wall or project on a smartboard, depending on my classroom's technological capabilities. Or mine. They would definitely be an enticement for a child who hates poetry to maybe dip her toes into it after all.

Gifting Suggestions: I would put this with a nice pad of drawing paper and some colored pencils, in hopes of inspiration striking.

Or, there are dozens and dozens of magnetic poetry kits out there, with nearly every theme you could imagine. How about this one
or this?
How can you say you don't like poetry with THAT tucked in your stocking?!

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