April is National Poetry Month. This is such an incredibly fun time for most lovers of English. I loved teaching in April and sharing poems and having students work on crafting their own. It is a magical experience to see little ones really become creative and often times poems give just that creative outlet.
When I heard that Julie Morstad was working on a new book, I got really excited, she is one of the illustrators that I follow, or stalk might be the more appropriate way to put it. I love her work, you will probably remember her from I am Sadie or perhaps Julia, Child, which is shared in my Petite Foodie series. I love her work and even more so the amazing writers that she teams up with.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for all Seasons, by Julie Fogliano and art by Julie Morstad; published by A Neal Porter Book, 2016. This is a book that shares poems for specific days throughout the year; starting in the spring and working through to the winter. The petites particularly enjoy the poem for June 10th discussing all sorts of flowers and how they came to be, another is June 15th sharing about eating berries which is a favorite summer past time for my girls. Just like you will recall from This is Sadie, the illustrations are divine. I love the small bright pops of color and attention to the little details whether is a small butterfly flitting about or a bicycle being gently dusted with snow.
Both Julie Fogliano and Julie Morstad seem to have melded together to create this perfect union of words and illustrations, the imagery that is depicted within the lines of the poems are so perfect. It is almost as if each poem has captured that particular moment in time and you feel almost as if you were right there smelling the tomatoes ripening on the vine, or the salt spray in your hair.
I think that this book would be perfect to share with petites to spark their creativity and foster a love for the seasons. This book would also be perfect to teach poetry writing to elementary and lower middle school students. The poetry is accessible and would be a great starting point for many students as they start to explore creative writing.