What? a poem? A poem can be many things. In this ideal way to get children thinking about literature join a group of friendly woodland animals as they introduce the wonder and magic of poetry. Each animal friend offers their own ideas about poetry, from a whisper to a shout to a laugh to a sigh, and then realizes that poetry is an everyday part of our lives. And yes, indeed, a poem can be a firefly upon the summer wind.
Charles Ghigna?ather Goose??ives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books including?The Night the Forest Came to Town, First Times,?and?Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals, and has written more than 5,000 poems for children and adults that appear in anthologies like?Thanku, The Poetry of US,?and?World Make Way. He has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center, American Library in Paris, American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, visit his website at FatherGoose.com. Michelle Hazelwood Hyde is a freelance illustrator. She has illustrated nine books for the National Center for Youth Issues, including?Ricky Sticky Fingers?and?I? Not Scared, I? Prepared. She lives in Homewood, Alabama, with her husband, two children, and two very entertaining dogs. You can see more of her work at www.michellehazelwood.com.

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