Lee Bennett Hopkins passed away earlier this year, but he left behind a massive body of work, both his own poems and ones of other poets collected for anthologies.
Here we have a fine example, with a front cover that offers a glimpse of what we can expect inside.
Then there’s the playful back. For some reason, my phone turned the cover grey, but it’s just as blue as the front.
Then there’s the bouquet of punctuation on the title page!
Am I geeking out?
The table of contents and its facing page give you a deeper idea of what’s in store. Yes, Jane Yolen is one of the contributors.
Ok, enough of a preamble. Here’s Lee’s poem about the comma:
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
lets you stop,
enjoy the weather,
unlike a period,
which puts an end
or sunny day
Each poem is playful and memorable, as is each illustration by Serge Bloch. Kids may even want to memorize some of these just for fun. I know I do.
Use the book’s last poem, Lines Written For You to Think About, as a springboard for writing your own poems.
Perform dramatic readings of each poem. Make punctuation mark costumes out of poster board for the performance.
Pair this book with others like EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES by Lynne Truss or SEMICOLONS, CUPCAKES & CUCUMBERS by Steve Newberry.
Play PIN THE PUNCTUATION ON THE SENTENCE. Write a silly sentence that’s missing its punctuation on a flip chart, white board, or chalk board. Write giant punctuation marks on post-it notes and have kids decide which punctuation marks are missing. Then blindfold one child and see if he/she can stick the punctuation in the right place, while listening to commands from their friends.
Title: A Bunch of Punctuation
Author/anthologist: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrator: Serge Bloch
Publisher: Highlights Wordsong, 2018
Themes: Punctuation, poetry
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