Who Swallowed Harold?

July 9, 2011

Tammy and I featured this book, Who Swallowed Harold? and Other Poems about Pets,  at the AllWrite!!! Summer Institute in June. I love this poetry book! There is a poem that everyone can relate too and such a great mentor text for kids. Susan Pearson relates to a child’s heart.

The book begins with a table of contents for the eighteen poems featured. The pages are numbered in the book, which provides a quick reference. The theme of the book is pets, so you could create a class poetry book with a collection of their pet poems.

A variety of poems are featured from a two liner (pg. 26) to a longer, narrative type poem (p. 28). Humor is sprinkled in, enticing your students to try poetry writing. One poem is a list called A Ferret’s Morning (p. 25), listing one fun activity after another. The use of questions (p.12) engages the reader to think and wonder about the creatures in water.

Have fun reading these poems to your students. It’s a poetry book I will be looking to have for my classroom collection.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Who Swallowed Harold?:

  • Table of Contents
  • Class book
  • Everyday happenings
  • Conventions – variety of punctuation to focus on for a unit of study or mentor sentences