A Stick is an Excellent Thing

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer,
illustrated by LeUyen Pham.  Clarion Books, 2012.

I have one more poetry book to squeeze in this April, and as the weather warms up (and cools back down, and warms back up, and cools back down), this one is perfectly timed!  A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play delivers exactly what the title promises:  wonderful rhymes for children, celebrating all the traditional games and activities kids love to play outside.  Besides the encouraging poems, the book is eye candy, with bright illustrations by one of my favorites, LeUyen Pham.

We checked this copy out from the public library.  I don't know how it escaped me before now.  I'm definitely keeping it in mind for gift-giving!







There are poems devoted to walking along curbs, hide-and-seek, playing statues, jumping rope, hopscotch, making "soup" from dirt and grass, catching fireflies, and stargazing.  Have your kiddos had much outdoor time yet, this spring?  My girls have played a lot of bouncey-ball, broken in new jump ropes, and have even dragged the sprinkler out for a couple of runs.   Oh, and we're working on a new fairy house (here is last year's house) that's so large, we will definitely need to make a fairy space within the house for any actual wee folk!  (More on that next week!)

I have a Pinterest board called "Magical Outdoor Stuff for Kids," if you're interested in following.  I am a big believer in Mud Pie Kitchens!  There is also a board devoted to the art of LeUyen Pham.  And a lot of other boards, because I have too many Pinterest boards.

[My secret to following over-the-top pinners like me?  Hit "follow all," then "unfollow" any individual boards that I'm not interested in.  Then I can still see any new boards the pinner comes up with!]

Happy Spring!



Follow along with Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes on FacebookBloglovinInstagram, and/or Pinterest!



Comments

  1. This book looks fantastic. I love getting the kids outside and into nature. Living in Georgia, we get a lot more outside time then I used to have when I lived up north. Kids should be getting dirty and playing with sticks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My mother moved to Georgia my senior year of high school - first Roswell, then Canton. I would visit over spring break and summer vacation all through college, and yes - there is so much great outdoors there to explore! I admit to my husband, I'm spoiled when it comes to camping, because my first camping trips were in the Blue Ridge Mountains. :)

      Delete
  2. The art is gorgeous. I love the sound and look of this one.

    ReplyDelete
  3. what a great idea about the Pinterest boards! and oh this book. DARLING. love the one with the jacks. did you play jacks? i was obsessed in the 4-5th grade. Julia is not that into it but she doesn't really know how yet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jacks was one of our favorite games if we were stuck in our classroom for indoor recess. I want to say fourth grade. We had a blast! The girls got a jacks set, but the jacks were really large. I couldn't remember well how to play, so we consulted one of The Daring Books for Girls. Those come in so handy! Anyway, the jacks are scattered throughout the house now. Come to think of it, I found one on the kitchen floor the other day...

      Delete
  4. Children's poems -good ones- make me happy. Smart, funny rhymes make me happy. This book looks like the sort of stuff that would make me happy. Hurray for outdoor play!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a keeper! Or would be, if the library didn't want it back... A wishlist item! ;)

      Delete

Post a Comment

Comments are welcome! I'm a shy blog commenter, too, but I do love to read what people have to say. All I ask is, please be kind, to me and to each other.