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Friday, January 8, 2016

POETRY OF SCIENCE

   I have poems in the new edition of THE POETRY OF SCIENCE: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.  Editors, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, founders of POMELO BOOKS have re-organized, reshuffled, and re-done the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (loved by teachers) to make it more kid friendly with a bright, new Children's Edition.  The new book has delightful line drawings by Frank Ramspott and Bug Wang. (This poetry anthology would make a great gift for any budding scientist.)
   I think children will read the book first in an excited rush and then come back to the poems again and again as topics interest them.  There are many great poems in this edition.  I have three poems included in this new edition and I'm well pleased to share a page with Jane Yolen.  You'll find 248 fun poems by 78 children's poets.

SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!

I need the shots,
please make it quick.
I see a needle,
think I'll be sick.
You say it is just
a little stick.
I know vaccinations
build immunity,
but getting them
takes bravery.

   Have you had a shot recently?  Have you gotten a flu shot this season?  Do you remember what it felt like?  Were you scared?  Can you try writing your own poem today about getting a shot or some time when you were brave?  Have fun writing.
     The Poetry Friday Roundup is being held over at http://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/ today.  You can go to  to find more fun children's poetry at Tabatha Yeatts' blog The Opposite of Indifference.  Thank you for hosting us,  Tabatha.

     You can be the bravest person you know. 
   

10 comments:

  1. I don't like shots -- but I do like your poem. Great idea to release a kid friendly version of the PFAFS! :)

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    1. Oh, Jama,
      I've been thinking of you as I unpack many of my special dishes. Especially my Thomas the Tank Engine Christmas plate.

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  2. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! So proud of you, Joy.

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    1. Ah, thanks Linda. Since my husband is an immunologiest, I had to write a poem about building immunity. Get your flu shot.

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  3. Love this new edition! Your shot poem hits the mark, without the pain. hee-hee =)

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    1. Thanks Bridget. You made me smile.

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  4. Love that they have new illustrations, too, Joy. This is very cute, will share with my granddaughters!

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    1. Thank you Linda. I thought with the new coloring book craze that the line drawings in this new edition would be perfect for colored pencils or pens. If I only had the time for it. SOON! I finally found my computer cords, but that isn't the end to it. I had to hook everything up and now my printer isn't performing properly and I still need to get my speakers going. We almost have all the boxes in the kitchen emptied and put away. Now for some more time in my studio.

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  5. Your poem about getting shots is a perfect discussion-starter for primary classes, Joy--thank you for this poem and the others too! (I think "Capillary Action" is one of the BEST in the book, and can only imagine the awestruck parents when a kindergartner goes home and talks about capillary action!)

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    1. Hey, Janet Wong, best editor in the world. You make me look good and I certainly appreciate it. Did you have a good Christmas in your new home?
      Yes, I've always thought a kindergartner coming home to tell his parents about capillary action would be a hoot.
      This new edition of Science Poetry is a great collection for children. Thank you for including my three poems.

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