Holy Lettuce, Batman!
Laura Purdie Salas has gone and done it again!
Do you remember back in January, when I made some soup celebrating Laura’s seven (!) new books? Well, this month, uber-prolific Laura has seven more titles out (as far as I know)!
There are four new titles in the A+ Books Poetry Series published by Capstone Press, and three new titles in the Amazing Science Series published by Picture Window Books. Laura’s Amazing Science books, illustrated by Jeff Yesh, are geared for grades 1-4 (24 pp):
From Mealworm to Beetle: Following the Life Cycle
From Seed to Daisy: Following the Life Cycle
From Seed to Maple Tree: Following the Life Cycle.
You may remember that the A+ books (PreK-2) contain stunning photographs paired with Laura’s expertly crafted poems on various subjects. This new batch includes:
Always Got My Feet: Poems about Transportation
Chatter, Sing, Roar, Buzz: Poems about the Rain Forest
A Fuzzy-Fast Blur: Poems about Pets
Lettuce Introduce You: Poems about Food.
Did somebody say FOOD?
Pre-readers will love hearing these poems read aloud as they pore over the exuberant larger-than-life and life-size photos. Early readers will love sounding out all the delicious and crunchy words as they explore the essence of different foods. Laura serves up a variety of poetic forms, too — limerick, acrostic, concrete, haiku, and limerick.
It’s very hard to resist licking the pages, as there’s sushi, spaghetti, buttered corn-on-the-cob, s’mores, a skyscraper sandwich, a waffle, and my favorite, *drum roll, please*, a hearty bowl of alphabet soup! There are glossaries in the back with poetic terms and word definitions, as well as suggestions for further study (book titles and internet links). Highly recommended for home schoolers and school libraries!
Well, folks, today you’re allowed seven helpins’ of soup to properly congratulate Laura for all these great new titles (I’ve got my ladle ready for refills). These books are the perfect way to begin a new school year — so click on through!
Today’s Special: Salas Salada (food of choice for souper women)
Check out Laura’s website and blog for more about her books and online courses. She’s also co-blogging with Fiona Bayrock over at Bubble Stampede. Both ladies have trade books coming out next year and are chronicling their promotional efforts. Laura is very excited because her new book, Stampede: Poems about the Wild Side of School (Clarion, 2009), will be her first trade book, after years of publishing for the educational market.
*Special thanks to Mary Hershey for use of the photo!