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Update on diversions

  • Posted on May 31, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Eight phone calls received needing me to make 7 calls. 
Dog who got her toenail caught in an afghan. Dogs can sound incredibly pitiful when they are scared.
Neighbor who called to ask if my family in Iowa was okay or if they’d been blown away tonight. Yes, they are fine and thank you for the reminder that adrenaline can be good for you.
Son#3 on first date checks in to update me on his arrival. 
Son#2 calls to ask me everything I know about ZZ Top since he’s at their concert. (It took text message for me to hear him)
Son#4 calls to complain about his dad.
Son#1 and girlfriend call to ask how much writing I’ve done tonight since they’ve removed all distractions. I reassure them that I’m loving the quiet uninterrupted time and accomplishing much on this Saturday night.

Typical blogger night on Saturday. Wonder how my packrat game is going on Facebook? Focus, Focus, Write.

Pun Me! Art's Supplies

  • Posted on May 31, 2008 at 8:55 PM

Book CoverArt’s Supplies by author: Chris Tougas
ISBN: 
9781551439204  Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: March/01/2008 Price: $19.95 

I respectfully disagree with Betsy. Recently she wrote that Laurie Keller is the "Queen of the Inanimate." While I enjoy Laurie’s work, Chris Tougas is going to knock her off her throne with Art’s Supplies. 

What? You haven’t seen Art’s Supplies yet? Maybe because it is published by Orca Book Publishers. Orca is "Western Canada’s premier children’s publisher" and distributes their and 7 other Canadian publishing companies books in the U.S.  It is so easy to set aside catalogs from publishers that we think aren’t writing for us. But, oh, what you will miss. This month I’ll try to showcase some of their titles which will go over very well with our students.

Poor art bloggers are all out of town so the task of blogging about this book fell upon my shoulders. I may give them the opportunity to contribute more "artistic" information, but for now this book is MINE.  I shared this with several art teachers in person and with one on the phone. The elementary art teachers took one look and said, "Oh, no, it’s every art pun out there in a story. Including the kindergarten puns!" Don’t worry, Chris’ illustrations knocked them off their feet. Tisch on the phone was enthusiastic about watching the fourth graders reactions.

She pointed out that parents might never choose an "art book" to read as a bed time story, but that this would be a winner. (I think Betsy would disagree)  I think I’d still prefer this to be a book during school because the puns are going to roll those children out of bed from laughing so hard. 

There are many levels of humor in Art’s Supplies. If the humor tickles the adults more than children in just a couple cases, they won’t notice because they will be enthusiastically reading each of the supplies’ words throughout the pages.  There is plenty of humor for the very young throughout and I consider the variety of humor a strong point in keeping interest rolling throughout the story. 

Dear, Chris, I have to confess. I have a crush on the scissors. They are my favorite character in this book. While Art himself reminds me of David through his simplicity of line, the tiny details throughout the story are very sophisticated. There is a tremendous amount on most pages. 

This is good because I asked two 18 year olds to read Art’s Supplies for me and they expressed concern that some student would go up to an adult and ask them about "the runs." I doublechecked this with my specialists (kids) and they all knew what the runs were. They thought a marker with the runs would be hysterical. 

I learned from this that 18 year olds might be still at that age where they think they remember being young, but are overprotective (aka censors) as to what children "should and shouldn’t" be reading. I’m going to have to go check this out with young teachers and librarians to see if they have the same response. 

In the meantime, put Art’s Supplies on your fall list. Your art teachers are going to LOVE you. Order extra copies so there is always one available for the students, too. Your third and fourth graders will be requesting this again and again.

Isn't Isn't Isn't, YES IT IS

  • Posted on May 31, 2008 at 6:39 PM

"A Isn’t For Fox: An Isn’t Alphabet" by Wendy Ulmer and illustrated by Laura Knorr caught my eye so I begged, cajoled, pleaded, and whined for a chance to write about it. (This IS the weekend of honesty, isn’t it?)Sleeping Bear Press, 2008 ISBN-13: 987-158536-319-3 $16.95

Sleeping Bear Press has a surprising print catalog. You might think of them only when you are ordering state specific titles (like our 25 copies of "V Is For Volunteer: A Tennessee Alphabet Book"), but that would be pigeon-holing this company. Don’t! Of course, I’m happy they finally finished the Discover America Series State by State so you can easily order them all at once if you’d like.

 While I know you want your specific state books, there are so many more titles in their catalog that you owe it a second look. Go on, you know you filed it when it came in. Pull it out and flip through the pages. Look at all those other treasures! They have a great format with the double-take on each page – first you read the poetry, then you read all the information in the side bars. HEY! You! I saw you trying to skip the stuff in the side bars! Don’t you know that’s what extends each of these titles? My male students in particular soak in every fact in those side bars, so STOP DEPRIVING THEM. 

They have sports alphabet books, cultural alphabet books, D Is for Democracy, spectacular stand alone titles like  America’s White Table, and Someday Is Not A Day Of The Week. Look at their author/illustrator list including authors like Mike Shoulders, Stephen Layne (both excellent speakers, also), Eve Bunting, Gloria Whelan, Cheryl Harness, and Bruce Langton. I hate to list just a couple because they have such a stellar list.

But, I’m digressing here. I started this because I wanted to talk about an "isn’t alphabet", and I’ve wandered all over talking about everything except "A Isn’t For Fox." 

The notes on this title state "Experts know that sometimes the best way to teach a child what something is is to teach him what it isn’t." I understand that concept in relation to abstract things with students. Peace isn’t war for example. Students can visualize conflict. Visualizing the absence is much harder. So, let’s look at page one of this title:

A isn’t for box; it isn’t for fox.
A is for ants that crawl over your socks.
 

Okay, that was very simple rhyming that young students could read. Would they understand what "A" IS for? I decided I needed to test it out. (Yes, any excuse to borrow Jackie’s children and read to them) I agreed to babysit and took a stack of books for my guinea pigs, I mean dear ones. 

A strange thing happened. I read the first page, then they snatched the book from my hands and insisted upon re-reading the page. We spent quite a bit of time discussing the fox that had fallen on his head while balancing a box and who had ants marching up his socks. Jason and Kristie didn’t care what letter it was. They just cared about going on to read the next page.

Did they allow me to read on? No! They insisted that we would now take turns reading and identify all of the objects in the illustrations as we read. I’d lost control with the letter "A." 

B isn’t for kite; it isn’t for light.
B is for bats that fly by in the night.

The "B" page generated a discussion of how silly it was for a bat to hold a light because they had that echo thing they could do and bats don’t know how to fly kites. (Which then necessitated US flying a kite later that day to prove we were humans, not bats.)

I think you can see what happened with this title. When we finally reached the end, were we through? Oh, no! It was back through the book again several more times while we decided which pictures were our favorites. I have to tell you

LAURA KNORR IS A FABULOUS ILLUSTRATOR

You could justify buying this book solely for it’s illustrations. The great picture debate finally ended with me declaring R and S the winners. Talk about incorporating background knowledge. We were able to discuss, camping, reindeer, backpacking, lanterns, red plaid fabric, salmon, fish swimming habbits, bears, bear habbits, stories with bears sitting in chairs, rivers, currents, hooves, tuna vs. salmon, lifespans, and calendars of years. PHEW! 

Kristie and Jacob argued over whether they should be able to keep this book because they loved the pictures more than I did, but I insisted they were losing that argument, too. 

Criticisms we had: sometimes the poetry talked about objects that weren’t in the pages. Even though Jason offered to draw some in, Kristie insisted the book wouldn’t like it and that wasn’t how we handled books. I remain confused as to the text – illustration linkages, but frankly, I didn’t care. I was enjoying the artwork too much to remember that this was supposed to be an alphabet book. 

It seems that this book ISN’T what it first appeared to be and IS a lovely picture book with large illustrations that groups will like to view.

Locking Myself In

  • Posted on May 31, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Warning! Another massive set of blog posts will be coming through this week. The books are piling up and actually moving around in the night. You might believe the cats are doing it, but books appear in strange places in the morning as if to scream "Read me next!!!" I checked and there are no doggy teeth marks so Marshall and Lucy are off the hook. 

I have procrastinated long enough. I even cleaned the backyard, piled up and sorted all the trash for the dump, cleaned the cat litter box, did ALL this week’s dishes that were hiding in my sons’ rooms, read Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, and most of God Emperor of Dune, and trimmed all the hedges while wearing high heels and in a dress. My sons have taken both cars out and I can’t go anywhere fun like to the public library until I finish blogging about some of these topics taking over my house. 

Time to sit down and go to work. The heat in my house is 88 degrees and I’m pouting at having so much work to do because I chose to babysit for two special needs kids this week instead of write. I have only myself to blame for my laziness. <sigh> Beware.

Big News!! It's OFFICIAL!

  • Posted on May 29, 2008 at 1:49 PM

I am moving to MIDDLE SCHOOL next year. I am very excited to announce that I am now the library information specialist for John F Kennedy Middle School in Nashville. 

The JFK building has been housing the Antioch High School 9th graders while JFK students have been with the Marshall Middle School students in their building. We will move the collection this summer and welcome the students into their brand new building this fall.

Now, where do I start first? I have taught K-9 before. I have taught high school and adult ESL in Taiwan. I have taught adults in Germany, but I have never officially taught only grades 5-8. Give me your advice, your reading lists for my summer, your favorite technology plans….I’m all ears. I was ready for a new challenge. I’d better start searching the archives of LM_NET. 

Please leave a comment of celebration with me. I’m not leaving the elementary world totally behind. I have already made arrangements to work with 3 elementary schools early in the morning throughout next year so I can  continue to test books with students. The elementary school near my house runs from 7:00 to 2:15 and my school won’t start until 8:45 so I’ll have a little time in the morning for my coffee.

I’m so excited. Breakfast blog clubs, writers groups, readers’ groups, afterschool groups, lunch groups, graphic novel groups, technology clubs. We are going to have a blast. Nobody warn the teachers that I’m a work-aholic, okay? I don’t want to totally scare the faculty before I have a chance to dazzle them with the combined brilliance of your insights and LM_NET’s experience.

Author Tracy Barrett shares

  • Posted on May 28, 2008 at 7:27 PM

 May 18th I wrote about The Sherlock Files #1 The 100 Year-Old Secret. Tracy Barrett and I were finally able to connect by phone long enough for a good chat and I wanted to share this information with you. We’ll be organizing a Nashville Kid-Lit Drink Night this fall to get together and chat more. Let us know if you are interested.

I asked Tracy about her choice of actions for her main characters. Remember I questioned the "audacious acts of Americans abroad?" 

"London is a very safe city. Xena and Xander are urban children so some independence is natural. Their mother did actually get on the bus and speak to the driver the first time she let them ride on their own,"  Tracy reminded me. "Also,  Xander and Xena are middle-schoolers (ages 10 and 12) so their actions should be viewed as impulsive and not just obnoxious. Middle schoolers act like that." 

So if Xander and Xena are so close to the solution that they trespass, but don’t really break and enter, we should attribute it to their age and not their ‘Americanism’.

Hmmm. I’ll buy that. Very true to teenagers. And, Tracy pointed out that they DID GET CAUGHT. Fortuitiously by the art teacher who quickly bought in to their excitement and supported their continued quest. They weren’t evil or bad, just impulsive. 
 
By the way, Tracy ENJOYS middle schoolers because they engage in great discussions with her and are not "too cool" as high schoolers become. She also promises readers of her website to reply to emails

Tracy tried to make the characters occasionally slow down and reflect on their actions/steps so she could prevent them from becoming reckless and dangerous.

Xander and Xena are different kinds of kids. Xena is more thoughtful, pragmatic and loves making lists. Xander is younger and more impulsive. Xander has a photographic memory because Tracy "didn’t want them to have to run to the computer every time they had a question." We discussed knowing people with photographic memories. Her grandmother had it and a friend did, too. Tracy mentioned that this is often lost at puberty. Rumors are something about the calcium in the blood is the cause.  

I asked Tracy about her research and which details were accurate. She has included factual locations with the major monuments being carefully researched but not exactly located. The museums are accurate. The artist is not real, but is based stylistically upon James MacNiell Whistler, an American who lived in London. The schools in the story don’t exist, but there are many international schools in London and Tracy researched their procedures and mascots for more realism. 

I did ask Tracy if anyone had compared her characters rationale metacognition and research skills to those of Encyclopedia Brown. Oops! Different publisher, so we’ll skip that question. 

Readers, rejoice! Tracy has signed a 4-book contract. The 2nd book tentatively titled The Beast of Blackslope has a critter terrifying the countryside (think hound of B’ville) and has lots of good spooky stuff. With it’s being set in the more rural part of the UK, technology can’t take over good thinking processes and reasoning. Looking ahead the 3rd book involves a missing Egyptian amulet in The Case That Time Forgot and the 4th book will probably have a delicious ghostly twist. Ooo! I can’t wait. 

If you are wondering what else she is up to, Tracy continues to teach Italian at Vanderbilt University. She also reads Italian young adult books to find possibilities for adoption by Scholastic. I don’t think she has found many likely prospects due to the cultural differences and mores, but I’ll keep watch. She does have some other novels in the works including one with a more historical, mythological, fantasy aspect. 

Tracy and I reminisced about her receiving a grant one summer to simply read, research and write. Tracy encouraged all my readers to consider applying for the NEH Summer Stipend. All she had to do was write one page about what she had done. Tracy was able to teach a class based upon her summer reading that year. Who knows what you will accomplish? It’s not too early to be thinking about next year. I believe October 1st is the deadline to apply for the Stipend of $6,000 for 2 months reading.

Diane Chen can be reached by email

Insect World

  • Posted on May 27, 2008 at 8:39 PM

If you could see the world through a cat’s eyes, would your opinion of insects change? My cats and I were enjoying watching some ants outside. Periodically the cats would pounce on them, but most of the time they simply sat watching them crawl. Not so with flies. Foolish fly that dares too near my felines. R.I.P., flies.

So, what did Milia and KitKat think of Lerner’s new series Insect World? I have to admit they just were not pouncing on those insects. Flat nonmoving images don’t excite my felines. Fortunately your students are not cats and they will pounce on these titles. Sandra Markle has found hooks for kids with Stick Insects, Hornets, and Diving Beetles plus locusts, luna moths, mosquitoes, termites and praying mantises.

Intended for grades 4-8 and written at a high fourth grade level, these are going to be wildly popular with middle school science teachers in addition to the students. There is a great deal of information and these insects pull you into their Class quickly.

The cover I couldn’t resist was Diving Beetles: Underwater Insect Predators. EwYew! Is that bug biting that fish? How can a bug catch a fish? It gets better. There are two diagrams of a diving beetle’s body – one outside and one of the inside in each title. Do you know what shape this insect’s heart is? Or that females have ridges on their elytra? Did you know that diving beetle larvae are sometimes called water tigers? 

Well, I do, now. I couldn’t resist the first ten pages and had to share this with you. Imagine your students pouring over the text as well as the illustrations. They’ll be sharing information with complete strangers.

I particularly liked how Sandra Markle forces you to read all the end material to learn some of the facts that other texts throw at you first. She has integrated the facts of diving beetle’s lives with her main focus on their being predators in the main text. Other facts like whether they are helpful or harmful, how many kinds there are, size…. All of that is at the end because it wasn’t essential to the focus. 

Looking at the section of additional sources in the back, you soon realize there is nothing else on the market like this. There may be 350,000 different kinds of beetles and more than 5,000 different kinds of diving beetles worldwide, but I couldn’t find another diving beetle book that was current. 

There are two activities in the back – "Adopt a pond" and "Trap air the way a diving beetle does."  These were interesting, but I’m a picky elementary librarian and I wish these were expanded more with illustrations to prompt the students to do them. Middle school students will read these and either a) immediately grasp the point or b) make a decision to try the activity or not. Considering who it’s marketed to, it’s a fit. If you have a strong insect research group in 4th grade, be sure to include these for students who want "just a little bit more" information. 

On to Stick Insects: Masters of Defense. Before, I never cared whether an insect went through complete or incomplete metamorphisis. Now I understand. You’ll just have to read it yourself to see why. I will share with you that I had no idea just how many ways an animal that isn’t an attacker can defend itself. Beyond shape and color, stick insects have so many ways to trick predators. Did you know one Asian leaf insect has parts that sway with the breezes? It is so successful at camoflage that sometimes other leaf insects bite each other mistakenly. Just wait til you see the picture of the Goliath stick insect throwing it’s droppings far away to fool predators. Better monitor those hall bathrooms in case they get any ideas!

 As a child, bees were bad (because I was allergic to them) but good for honey. Wasps were just another flying insect. Hornets, though, were the monsters that we all feared, not the Hornets: Incredible Insect Architects that Sandra Markle writes about. Discovery of a hornet’s nest was excitement for everyone. You could tell by looking at the dump pile on the ground that above you was a hornet’s nest. Every ole-timer in town had a suggestion with what to do with hornets’ nests. None of them revolved around considering hornets to be incredible insect architects. There is a reason for the phrase stirring up a hornet’s nest.

Fortunately I’m a big girl now so I can read about these European insects that have expanded as far as the Dakotas. I can balance the remarkableness of the queen hornet creating the nest material herself by wood fibers, saliva, and sometimes sand to create a paper-like substance that is a perfect hexagon every time. I can understand now why the nest actually makes so much noise when the hornets are young. 

I’m a big girl now. I can decide that I still don’t like hornets and I don’t want any of them living near me. Despite all the information, I prefer to monitor these "dramatic architectural achievements" in books and not in real life. Have you ever been stung by a hornet? Their sting is very painful. I’m going to leave the study of hornets to you brave people. Unfortunately, I will still have to buy this book because there isn’t anything else out there just about hornets. Fortunately, I learned that hornets only use their nest for one year so I can gleefully destroy old hornet’s nests I find. Oh, no! If I do that, will they come back and rebuild? Sandra, I need more information.

Sandra, maybe some bugs don’t deserve their own book. Even National Geographic News did a feature with video on Hornets from Hell.Perhaps those of us who don’t want to share our environment with hornets are the wise ones. Is there a way to force them to de-migrate home and away from my prairie hometown before I go visit this summer? 

As popular as this series will be, I suppose you’ll be writing about arthropods next – ticks, centipedes, spiders. I’ll be expecting to see those nasty ticks showing up next year. Could I suggest "chiggers" for the Insect World series? Those nasty things are despised by campers as much as I hate hornets. Plus I don’t believe I have ever seen a book on chiggers before.  I don’t want to provoke the attack of a swarm of spiteful enemies or spirited critics but I really wish I’d received the Luna Moth book or the locust book instead. Cicadas and locusts, those I understand. Since I know I’ll have bad dreams about hornets, I’d better plan for my annual hornet hunting trek tomorrow to make sure I’m safe. What was that word for fear of hornets?

 

Secrets

  • Posted on May 27, 2008 at 8:24 PM

I have a secret! Shhhhh! It’s so good and I’m so excited that I might explode if I don’t share it soon. telephone_shhh.GIFArghhhhhhh! I have to wait just a bit more, but as soon as I can, I’ll share it right here with you. First, yes, you will hear before my mother does. Sorry, Mom!

Stay tuned……

Oh, yes, and on an unrelated topic. If I ever don’t blog for a couple days in a row, somebody email me and tell me to go to the doctor right then. I delayed being ill until school was over, then until the holiday was over. Came home coughing from the dust and slept 23.5 hours. You have to remember that I like sleeping 4 hours a night 5 -6 nights a week. Sleeping too much gives me headaches. 

When the kiddos tried to take me to the doctor, I just insisted I was too sick to leave my bed. You know the routine, by the time you go to the doctor, you get a lovely shot in the tush plus 4 meds that you’ve never even heard of before. Am I an experimental guinea pig or what? All because every classroom but 5 in my building has teachers changing rooms and grade levels! They stirred up so much dust moving things and having me deal with dusty equipment that it settled in my lungs. My sons were quite gleeful that it was my turn to get the shot for waiting too long to seek help. Everyone assures me that the shot is magical. Hmm. Off to take my pearly cough meds.

Puzzle Crazy

  • Posted on May 25, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Love puzzles? An educational assistant and I found teaching a challenged student how to put together puzzles on Jigzone.com was very rewarding. In the beginning he insisted over and over again, "I can’t. Too hard." The first week he’d sometimes yell at the monitor. But something happened. Like puzzle pieces, something came together and clicked for him. He realized that he could do this. He also discovered that he had control. He could change the size, style, and number of pieces. He could choose the images. And he quickly found that in the library, he could always find a friend to sit at a computer next to his and race him in putting together the puzzles. 

While I love the images listed, sometimes I want more details about what I’m seeing. Where did it come from? What’s it called? Who created it? Take this puzzle that I enjoy putting together. Do you see China Sunset?

Click to Mix and Solve
HAH! If you have a blank image, you’ll have to click on the white square and you’ll be taken to the puzzle on jigzone.com It’s called China Sunset but who painted it and when? I don’t know. Guess I’ll have to go research this.

You can customize your puzzles, upload your own images plus embed them in a blog. Go check it out and tell me what you think.

Oh, yes, and if you figure out why one minute I’m looking at a beautiful image of the puzzle, but when it loads, I have a blank square, let me know please. Hello, gremlins? Could I have my blog back?

Hello, Brian P. Cleary, Are you Reading?

  • Posted on May 21, 2008 at 12:00 AM

It’s all Brian’s fault. My students discovered that Brian read their blog post about his book Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally.

"The author read what WE wrote?" they asked me. 
"Yes, 4th graders, Brian said he loved hearing from students about his books," I replied. 
"Can we tell him more?" they asked.
"Well, if you insist….. He just happened to autograph and send these few titles. Maybe you’ll like one. Let me know."          (imagined conversation because the students screaming upon seeing more titles just wasn’t as interesting a story)

So, Brian, here they are, the comments from Mrs. Lanahan’s 4th graders about your books. You do realize you may have created writing monsters now, don’t you? Even the very lowest readers who struggle with first grade level texts enjoyed these books and wanted to share their opinions.

The Laugh Stand

illustrated by J. P. Sandy

1. Funny
2. This book had many ways to make it funny. I’d like to make a book like this.
3. Oh, my gooooooooodness!!! That is funny.
4. This book is funny. I liked everything about it. When I have time, I will recommend this book to somebody in the class who hasn’t read it.
5. I like it very much. It was good. Thank you for all the books. P.S. Please send us more books. 
6. This book is great! It is so funny.
7. This would be a book for the whole family. You might even learn a thing or two.
Math Is CATegorical ® How Long or How Wide? A Measuring Guide

illustrations by Brian Gable

1. It teaches you how to use a ruler and how much inches there are in a yard. So it’s really a cool book.
2. I think it’s educational and I think I even learned a few things.
3. This book is great! If I could, I would go running to every class and tell them how great this book is.
4. This is an easy book but it has rhyming words in it. But it is also very interesting, and I would show alot of younger kids this because it is not that challenging to a 3rd or a 4th grader.
5. I really liked the pictures and I got a great review on measuring. 
6. It’s like a rhythm and has a beat and rhyme.
7. I would love to keep this book. It is soooooooooooooooo goooood.
8. I enjoyed reading this book. It was a very very good book. Love your #1 fan.
9. I liked reading it. It teaches good things to know in life.
10. I think this is a good book if you don’t know how to measure. It would be a good book for 1st and 2nd grade kids.
11. This book was so rhymey and fun I could sing the whole book as a song. Seriously! Any living creature would love to read it!
Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book

illustrations by Betsy E. Snyder
1. Rhymey! This book was amazing especially how he could rhyme the words beginning with the alphabet.
2. Cool
3. I like this book. It rhymes and it is pretty silly, too. 
4. I loved the pictures. They were colorful.
5. It was very fun to read. The pictures were good and colorful. Keep up the good work, Mr. Cleary.
6. You’re better than stars with candy bars. My author and mentor
7. I really like this book. It was one of the best books that I read this year. Your #1 fan. Please make more books.
8. It was good.
9. This book is soooo good, I could just read it over and over again.
10. This book is good for K and 1st grade. I think they would like it. I liked it. It was funny. This is a very good book.
11. This book is good for learning your abc’s. You can see some letters in the picture if you look real close. I liked it!!!
12. I think it was a good ABC’s book. It can really teach you things.
13. I think this would be a good book for PreK. K would be interested in it if they don’t know their alphabet.
14. I really like this book because it has really good words that the preK can learn. They can tell them to their parents that know alot of words like them.
Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry
 
with illustrations by Neal Layton

(Neal has also illustrated for two books by Frieda Wishinsky)

1. I really liked this book. It was so funny. I really like these poems: Sporting Kids, Jump Rope Song, Without Contrast and Very Scary.
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3. I like the poems very much.
4. I like your poems alot. They are silly.
5. I like these poems alot. You should make more. 
6. I think this book is really good for someone who likes silly poems. Thanks for writing it!
7. (from Mrs. Chen) Thank you for including concrete poems and those great explanations of meter, etc. I learned much about trochaic, iambic, & macaronic meter, and your teaching didn’t interrupt my fun at the same time. Thanks!

Rhyme & PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay

illustrations by J. P. Sandy
1. This book has rhyme. I would say, "It is good." I liked the pictures
2. That is a funny book. The joke about Do-re-mi-fa-so was good. I say it is 100 thumbs up. It’s a 3rd or 4th grade level book.
3. I like the pictures. They are very good. The book is funny, too!
4. This book was very clever the way the author could come up with so many puns. I also really liked the pictures and the different categories.
5. I like the book and the color pages and the pictures are funny.
6. Your book of Rhyme & PUNishment was one of the most funniest and complicated books I have ever read. I am not LION! (Laughing so hard eyes pop out!)
7. I think this is a good book. It uses and compares words. It would be good for anybody to read.