We are all big Frog and Toad fans so I was excited to find this book on a recent library search for frog books. (The current topic of study in David’s kindergarten). Published in 2009, this book contains poems and sketches by Arnold Lobel discovered after his death by his daughter, Adrienne Lobel. The illustrations were colored by Adrienne using watercolors. A brief intro tells how she discovered the poems (which interestingly predate the Frog and Toad books) and about how she worked to develop a watercolor technique similar to her father’s:
I kept in mind one of the things Papa taught me as a very young artist: Don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines!
The poems themselves are all light-hearted fun and a great way to share poetry with the very young.
The Frogs and Toads All Sang
“We’re going to have a party,”
The frogs and toads all sang
“We’ve got lemonade and ice cubes
And paper lamps to hang.”
The ladies wore long dresses,
And the gentlemen wore pants.
The orchestra was ready,
So they all began to dance.
They danced in the meadow.
They danced in the street.
They danced in the lemonade
Just to cool their feet.
There are bunches of special fun things going on in celebration of National Poetry Month. Other than being a little more deliberate about reading and enjoying poetry, we aren’t doing anything in particular. I do want to point out Liz Garton Scanlon’s blog, where she is writing a haiku every day in April. Scanlon is the author of two of my favorite poetry picture books: A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes and All the World.
Be sure to also check out Poetry Friday at Read, Write, Howl.
How about you? How are you celebrating National Poetry Month?