Jump, roll over, sit, and stay . . . it’s time to sniff out Pet Crazy, the third title in the popular Poetry Friday Power Book series created by poetry goddesses Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Yip!
Just for this post, you may bark, meow, cluck, or tweet your approval at any time. Perfectly acceptable. After all, it’s hard to curb your enthusiasm for this fun and frisky interactive story-in-verse and writing journal rolled into one, just purrrrfect for kids in grades K-3 (or bears of any age).
Pet Crazy includes 36 poems in all, with three poems featured in each of 12 PowerPacks.
- Powerplay Activity
- Anchor Poem
- Response Poem
- Mentor Poem
- Power2You Writing Prompt
The anchor poems in Pet Crazy were written by Kristy Dempsey, Janice Harrington, Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Ode, Helen Frost, Tamera Will Wissinger, Elizabeth Steinglass, Laura Shovan, Padma Venkatraman, Eileen Spinelli, April Halprin Wayland and Don Tate. Five poems culled from the Poetry Friday Anthology series take their place alongside seven newly penned verses.
Janet Wong has written original response and mentor poems, cleverly weaving all into a charming story about young Ben, who yearns for a dog of his own, friend and cat lover Kristy, and Daniel, Ben’s best friend, who gives Ben an unusual pet for his birthday.
Each PowerPack focuses on a different poetic element or form (rhyme, repetition, alliteration, stanzas, question, acrostic, found poem, emotion). Kids will enjoy all the PowerPlay activities (circling words, filling in speech bubbles, drawing, doing mazes and word finds); these are perfect pre-writing warm-ups before reading the poems and writing one’s own poems from the prompts. And the larger trim size of this book (8.5″ x 11″) gives budding poets ample space to write, doodle, draw, and squiggle to their heart’s content.
As with the other Poetry Friday Powerbooks, Pet Crazy includes a wealth of resources for students, teachers, librarians, parents — anyone wishing to read, share, write, perform, or discuss children’s poetry. I especially like the suggestions for further reading: Poetry Books About Cats and Dogs, Books About Writing Poetry, Books with Poems Written By Children, and the suggestions for places to publish poetry. And look for the cool Hidden Language Skills for each of the PowerPack poems!
I love how Janet linked the poems from 12 different poets to create an engaging story that’s sure to resonate with young readers. They will be eager to draw upon their personal experiences to write their own pet poems after reading about Kristy, Ben, Daniel, the dogs, cats, and surprises in the story. The themes of friendship, companionship, kindness, caring, empathy, responsibility, and helping others are great talking points and sources of inspiration.
Now, just to whet your appetite for this delightful book, here’s what’s included in PowerPack 1:
[PowerPlay Activity (Mix and Match)]:
ALL WORN OUT
by Kristy Dempsey
Tippy-toe, Kitty Cat
is sneaking through the house,
pushing on a puff of yarn,
wishing for a mouse.
Kitty loves to play all day,
jumping, pouncing, leaping.
Where is kitty hiding now?
Shh! Kitty’s sleeping.
THE GREATEST PETS EVER (Kristy) by Janet Wong Cats are the greatest pets ever! They are so clean and clever. Would I like a dog? No, never! Cats are my favorites -- FOREVER!
THE PERFECT PETS FOR ME (Ben)
by Janet Wong
Kristy likes neat pets.
Cats don’t drool.
She should meet my uncle’s dogs.
My uncle’s dogs will sit and stay —
and stay and s-t-a-y.
Their house is kind of far,
but we could go there someday.
When we play together,
Kristy will see:
dogs are pretty much
the perfect pets for me!
[Power2You Writing Prompt]:
The Perfect Pets for Me (a poem with rhyme)
Try writing a poem of your own that uses rhyme at the ends of lines. You can write about a pet of your own, a pet you would like to have, whether you prefer cats or dogs, or another topic that interests you.
Naturally, all the furry helpers in the Alphabet Soup kitchen loved this book. There was one teensy problem, though. Each felt he/she would make the best pet. Tough call.
But they all agreed on two things. They loved the part in the story where Daniel reads to his grandpa’s dog Ruby. And they really perked up when hearing how Kristy invited Ben, Daniel, and new friends James and Amy to her house to have milk and cookies. Naturally, they had to have some milk and cookies too. Naturally.
Congratulations to Sylvia and Janet on another wonderful book. When it comes to making learning fun, and taking the “fear” out of reading, writing, or teaching poetry, they are the BEST! Ruff Ruff!
PET CRAZY: A Poetry Friday Power Book
written by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
illustrated by Franzi Paetzold
published by Pomelo Books, August 25, 2017
Poetry Writing Journal and Activity Book for grades K-3, 127 pp.
♥ Collect all three of the Poetry Friday Power Books!
♥ Learn more at the Pomelo Books website.
🐶 SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY! 🐱
For a chance to win a copy of PET CRAZY, simply leave a comment at this post telling us a little about your favorite pet (one you have, had, or would like to have), or, if you like, sing your praises in a short rhyming poem. Deadline is midnight (EST) Wednesday, September 27, 2017. You may also enter by sending an email with “PETS” in the subject line to: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only, please. Good Luck!
The lovely and talented Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is hosting the Roundup at The Poem Farm. Scamper over and check out the full menu of poetic goodness being shared in the blogosphere this week. I know Amy likes cats. Do you think she reads to them? 🙂
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