Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Poetry Break: Spring

Looking for a poem to help kick-off spring, I found this lovely Langston Hughes poem in a collection of poetry for young children. The collection is by Jane Yolan, Andrew Fusek Peters and is beautifully illustrated by Polly Dunbar.

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you.

Let the rain beat upon your head

With silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools in the gutter.

The rain plays a little sleep-song

On our roof at night-

And I love the rain.

Langston Hughes
Hughes, Langston. “April Rain Song.” p.74. Yolen, Jane, Andrew Peters, and Polly Dunbar. 2007. Here's a little poem: a very first book of poetry. Cambridge, Mass: Candlewick Press.

Spring is just around the corner. We are starting to see crocuses popping their heads through the ground to peek at the world. What a great time to start a little cup gardens for flowers. Have your students bring in an old mug that no one uses anymore to 'go green'. What a lovely Mother's Day gift, a small plant and poem about spring!

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