On Jane Yolen ‘s website, she is called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America”. She definitely is a gifted writer and has created some delightful poetry books. The featured book today is Count Me a Rhyme: Animal Poems by the Numbers. Her son, Jason Stemple, has collaborated with her on eleven poetry books using nature photographs to ignite the poetic words.
The playfulness of Jane’s words will entice your children’s attention. Vocabulary is stressed in this fun rhyming book. Jason captured animls in their natural environments, from groups of one to ten. The photos are vivid, and students of all ages will enjoy seeing them. Read one a day and enrich your classroom.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Count Me a Rhyme:
- Roman numberals
- Synonyms fo reac number – 2, duet, pair, dual
- Table of Contents – simpler text than a text book
- Alliteration – in “Five Geese, Five” – “misty, moisty morning”; “paddle, puddle perfect”
- Repeating line – in “Six Spiders Spinning” to sho action – “Hand over hand over hand over hand over hand”
- Shape poem – in “Eight Bighorn Sheep” – wording is shaped in a one word column
(PES book and WPL book)