Welcome to week three of National Poetry Month! Be sure to check out what Brooke is up to at Violicious.
This week our theme was growth. As planned, I used this as motivation to organize the kid’s clothes and hand down last year’s spring duds to the next in line. They have all certainly grown-pants have become capris, making mama teary at how quickly they grow. Sigh. You know what else grows fast? FEET! Spring is always shoe shopping weather, and so our favourite poem this week was from a nursery collection illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
We spent most of our week outside, taking every chance we got to play in the sun and practice for summer’s all day park adventures. Like patio patrons in shorts on he first hot-ish days, we greedily grab at our non-raining, above 5 degree days like summer might not really come this year.
All this is to say there wasn’t much poetry action around these parts this week, but the theme of growth floated around with me just the same. I’ve been looking at this baby of mine wistfully. So much growth in such a short time. His big bros remind me of how fleeting this baby stage is, and he of their big cheeked toddling days. I was reminded of a few other books on our shelves, illustrated, and also written by Helen Oxenbury, that have been loved by each one of my boys. They are a series of board books that depict the life of a few busy toddlers. Paired with simple rhyming text, they are the perfect first books for any baby and since picture books can really be a form poetry, they are just right for the youngest observers of Poetry Month.
How about you? Any growth inspired poetry to share? Link-up or post in comments, I’d love to hear about it!
Next (and last) week of National Poetry Month: Play and Movement. See you then!