Haiku, Dogku and Hi, Koo!

What is ML Reading?

dogku Hi Koo

Last night, I gave ML a choice.  Work on a poem for her school’s Poetry Celebration or clean her room.  She chose to clean her room.  Then shouted, “It’s opposite day.”

We turned the evening into a night of poetry.  First, reading a few poems of ML’s choosing from the classic, A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.

Next, we read Dogku by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Tim Bowers.  A fun picture book about a stray dog looking for a home.  Each page of text is a haiku.  I read ML the author’s note at the end of the book.  “Ever feel like there are so many words?  And how could I ever put some together and make a poem?  That’s when a haiku can seem like a lifeboat.  A haiku is so simple — only 17 syllables, 5/7/5. And who can resist to write one? …

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