Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Let's All Bake a Sunshine Cake - Autism Awareness & Poetry Month

Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face: And Other Poems: Some of the Best of Jack Prelutsky

Since my oldest boy rhymed almost from his first 
words, I'm convinced that his brain is wired for
poetry. In fact, this is my fourth entry about
poetry because rhythm and rhyme engage kids so
well (see especially 2/26/10 & 8/23/10 for book lists
and a poetry website) and because I believe many
children with autism find poetry a joy and comfort
to read.
No children's poet so reliably rhymes and brings
on the goof like Children's Poet Laureate 
Jack Prelutsky. The mammoth collection,
Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face collects
poems on many different subjects with child pleasing
grossness along with  bright lively illustrations. You
can even get  Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face: And Other Poems [With CD] [BE GLAD YOUR NOSE IS ON Y-W/CD]
(yes, that's a link to Amazon, I thought for once an 
overt link might be useful).
The CD lets your kid follow along while you get 
something else done. 
I asked my son what his favorite poetry book
was and to my surprise he said Love that Dog
(3/30/11). His most read poetry volume is from
the teacher's section at a book fair - A Poem A Day.
A Poem a Day (Grades K-3)
Wherever you go you may rhyme
with metaphor coarse or sublime
just get into the habit,
you'll find like a rabbit,
you're doing it all of the time.
-Spectrum Mom

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