A Mom’s Counting Primer [A Poetic Parody]

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So, a couple of weeks ago I had these nagging words in my head that needed to be written down.

It really started as a kid’s book.  Some sort of humorous counting primer.

It didn’t stay a kid’s book long.

It became a poem for moms who know what it’s like to count.  You know, the you’d-better-do-what-I-told-you-to-do-before-I-get-to-three type of counting.

But the mom in the poem is nice.  She goes up to ten.  (Kind of.)

I recently joined Wattpad, so I posted the poem there.  Grab a glass of wine and head on over to check it out (seriously, I think the whole thing is shorter than this blog post).  Then please share it with all the moms you know that could use a little “time out.”  ;)

Here’s the poem:

A Mom’s Counting Primer [A Poetic Parody]

Enjoy!

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This Day I’ll Live {a poem}

This Day I'll Live:  a New Year's Resolution poem at RoamingRosie.com

It may be a little late, but this is my New Year’s Resolution post.

I resolve to live this year.

Fully and completely.

Despite pain, despite heartache, I will be happy.  I will overcome and I will rejoice.

I will live.

……. and write more poetry.  Apparently.

Here’s my tribute to the New Year:

This day I’ll Live

a new dawn lashes
out i fight i won’t
let go let go let go

let go

i fight the fall
but fully freely fiercely hard
a broken shard to pierce
the sky and rain down stars
hard

so lightly on this earth
so deeply dancing dreaming

awake

i fight i climb i break i win
i live

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Hello Sun {eBook}

Hello Sun Picture Book by Rosemary Lynn

Hello Sun is my newest picture book, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

This is a simple text with words that flow and rhyme as you journey from the morning to the night.  With your Little Ones on your lap, you can greet the morning sun, the flowers and bugs and birds, and the stars and moon together.

It’s a great book for bedtime because of the soothing rhythmic text and the bold, striking illustrations.  It’s something I enjoy sharing with my toddler and preschooler, and it’s fun for them, too.  They can interact with the text {like by waving goodnight to the sun} but it’s meant to be read slowly, to help induce a calm before bedtime.  It’s also great to read to babies, who will especially appreciate the bold colors.

I had some fun with paper textures while making the artwork, and the words themselves were inspired by my kids.  My 4yo and 2yo always greet the moon and sun {“Hello, Moon!!!”}, and so this was a story that mimics our own daily paths through life.

You can get the ebook on Amazon and you can see all of my picture books there, too.

I’ve also posted about my picture books Alice’s African Alphabet Adventure and I Tell My Secrets to the Moon.

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook for updates on my books, but also to see our latest glitter-covered crafts and sprinkle-covered food!  :)

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Just How Long Can A Long String Be {Book Review}

Just How Long Can A Long String Be by Keith Baker

We recently read Just How Long Can A Long String Be?! by Keith Baker.

My 2-year-old picked it out because of the bird on the cover, and both my girls liked it.

It’s a simple rhyming text about a bird and an ant discussing that they can do with a long string, such as tie up a package or make a nest.

Just How Long Can A Long String Be? By Keith Baker {Book Review}

My 4-year-old got excited about finding the ant on each page, then her sister followed suit.

So each time we read it, they point out the little bug:  “There’s the ant!”

It’s a cute book, and both girls liked it and have requested it over and over.  It was a library book, and we’ll definitely be borrowing it again.

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Still I Rise

Still I Rise

“Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

Just a few lines from a favorite poem.  I could read it over and over again.  Does it come as a surprise?

And I liked how these powerful words looked when paired with this image.

A dancing spirit.  Light.  Laughing.

Rising.

I will rise through pain.  I will smile.  I will see goodness in the world.

No matter how many times you shoot me with your words or cut me with your eyes or kill me with your hatefulness:  I rise.

You do your best to hurt me.  To bring me down, to drown me.

But still, like air, I rise.

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Inspire Kids to Write Poetry with Shel Silverstein Free Workshop Kit

Celebrate Poetry Month with Shel Silverstein

This is a great resource that you can get from the Shel Silverstein website.  See all of the Poetry Month downloads, or go directly to the 2013 Poetry Month download.

This year’s download is full of Silverstein’s drawings and poetry, offering examples and illustrations, and prompting kids to write their own versions.  Types of poetry include rhyming, epigram, visual, concrete (shape), list, rebus, non-rhyming, and acrostic poetry.

Even though most of it is still outside the grasp of my toddler and preschooler, they do enjoy his poetry.  I’ve been known to read aloud from my old copies of A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Where the Sidewalk Ends to my kids while they play.  Many of the poems I have nearly memorized.  :)

So why am I suggesting this?  It’s cool.  If nothing else, you can read the included poems to your kids and talk about the silly sketches.  And even if they’re still too young to write (like my girls) they can still use it for coloring pages.  And if they are old enough to write – what better way to inspire your little artist?

{{{This was originally posted at roamingrosie.blog.com, but I’ve since transferred my blog here}}}