Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2016
Each day leading up to “Poetry in the Park,” Daniel asks a different animal what poetry is. And each animal has an answer. Poetry is “when morning dew glistens,” says Spider. It’s “when crisp leaves crunch,” says Squirrel. It’s “a cool place to dive into,” says Frog. By week’s end, when the event arrives, Daniel turns the many things he’s heard into a poem that reveals how poetry is senses, and observation, and language, and feeling. “On the way home, Daniel stops to watch the sunset sky reflecting in the pond. ‘That looks like poetry to me.’” A quiet, purposeful story featuring brown-skinned Daniel features lovely, striking collage illustrations and invites children to notice the poetry in the small moments of their lives. Highly Commended, 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award ©2017 Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Start some conversation with these discussion prompts:
- How does Daniel show that he is curious?
- What did you learn about poetry from Daniel’s experiences at the park?
- What looks like poetry to you?
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