|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!]
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