by Bob Raczka
Roaring Brook (Mar. 8, 2016)
Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways. Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write!
Why You'll Love It:
- While short, the poems are by turns amusing and thoughtful and make excellent use of figurative language devices. Plus, it makes an excellent mentor text for poetry units!
- A few layouts may test some readers, such as one about a home run in which one whole line is printed backward, but most students will enjoy the challenge.
- Readers will enjoy turning the volume upside down and every which way to catch every word and nuance and won't miss illustrations a bit.
Great for 2nd-6th grades...and here's a resource to use as you write!
What Else You Should Read:
- Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems by Brian Cleary
- Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka
- Firefly July by Paul Janeczko