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. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Don’t Ask a Dinosaur

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

This light romp from Deborah Bruss and Matt Forest Esenwine has loads of laughs as dinos try wrapping presents and baking cakes in Don’t Ask a Dinosaur. The text has loads of those tough dino names, all with dots to separate the syllables into pronounceable snack-sizes. And it scans smoothly and rhymes! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Plus, Louie Chin did a wonderful job bringing the dinos to vivid but not-too-scary life. Continue reading

Progressive Poem

2018 Progressive Poem, photo of spiral staircase

For the second April in a row, I’m contributing a line, the eleventh here, to a community poem, developed like film in different darkrooms, forming a picture-poem for kids:

Nestled in her cozy bed, a seed stretched.
Oh, what wonderful dreams she had had! Continue reading