Wednesday, March 9, 2016

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Wet Cement

Wet Cement A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bab Raczka book coverWet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems
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. 
Who Should Read It:

Great for 2nd-6th grades...and here's a resource to use as you write!

concrete poems children book

What Else You Should Read:


Ms. O said...

Will totally have to check this out. Kids are always so amazed at concrete poetry. "The words don't have to go across the page?"

Jane @ said...

I've never heard of the term concrete poetry, so this post was just fascinating! What a neat way to get kids excited about poetry!

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