A Book by the Brook — Things To Do

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

A Book by the Brook: Book Reviews at FriendlyFairyTales.com

Don’t read this new book unless you like imagining being things you’re not, like birds, honeybees, acorns and snails. If you do like the idea of rousing roosters like the dawn, dazzling the night like the moon or polka-dotting sidewalks like rain, then you will love Things to Do, by Elaine Magliaro, illustrated by Catia Chien, Chronicle Books, 2016.

Every page is a symphony of imagination, with the music of color and poetry conducted by a master wordsmith, in a theatre of the fantastic designed by an artist who brings childhood to vivid life.

Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham

Notes: Happy Poetry Friday and thanks to Buffy Silverman for hosting! Having finished a major novel edit, several people are reading it for another critique session, and I feel so lucky and blessed to have received wonderful feedback already. Yay! I’ll be back at it in a week or two.

Poetry Friday with kids

30 thoughts on “A Book by the Brook — Things To Do

  1. Many, many congrats on finishing a novel! That is awesome news. How do you keep up with it all? I whole heartedly agree with you about Things to Do! It’s a really special book by a master wordsmith.

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  2. This is one of my favorite books and always a hit with students. The poems simply invite kids (and adults) to create their own versions. Just this morning I was drafting a Things to Do poem in my notebook. Such fun!

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