This morning while I was down in the teacher's workroom running some copies I came across a little paperback gem called all the small poems and fourteen more by Valerie Worth. We keep a shelf of children's books there which are meant to be used by the teachers for various reading and writing lessons. I'm usually on the run when I have to make copies, but this morning since I had time (have I mentioned my very excellent student teacher?) I took a look.
Worth's poems are short, sometimes just one or two words per line, but each one is sharp and perceptive. The poems are about mundane things: lions, fireworks, mosquitoes, slugs. But in reading each one you can feel and see the object she is describing. Here is one:
Each poem is accompanied by a simple pen and ink drawing by Natalie Babbitt.
I love that image--"bountiful box of tricks"!
I felt as though I had found a treasure right there next to the copying machine.