Review! Poetry Friday Power Books by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

Don’t know what to spend those gift cards you got at the holidays on? Let me make a suggestion of this fun and educational poetry series! 

 

 

PET CRAZY: A Poetry Friday Power Book

by Sylvia Vardell and‎ Janet Wong 

Illustrated by Franzi Paetzold

124 pages, ages 5+
Publisher: Pomelo Books (July 11, 2017)

Publisher Synopsis: Calling all “pet people”! PET CRAZY: A Poetry Friday Power Book features twelve PowerPacks that use creative activities to get your children (K-3) thinking, drawing, reading, and writing about cats, dogs, lizards, rabbits, and more! Resources for children (as well as parents, teachers, and book club leaders) include “Hidden Language Skills” to sharpen language learning even further, recommended reading lists and websites, tips for reading aloud and writing, talking points, and places to publish.

HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book

by Sylvia Vardell and‎ Janet Wong

134 pages, ages 9+
Publisher: Pomelo Books (January 11, 2017)

Publisher Synopsis: HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book is a story in poems and a writing journal designed to help kids (Grades 4-8) think about social change. It contains 12 PowerPack sets featuring 4 diverse characters—Ameera, David, Jack, and Jenna—a group of kids working together to make an impact in their community. The book includes inventive activities that make it easy for kids to get inspired, while writing prompts extend learning. Resources for kids (as well as parents, teachers, and book club leaders) include recommended reading lists and websites, guidance for young activists, talking points, and places to publish.

What I thought: These are two very neat books. They have the purpose of teaching/encouraging children to write poetry. There are prompts with open ended questions to get you thinking about the “unit”. There are example poems, and a space to write a poem yourself. There are units with a certain topic/goal, and an “Anchor Poem” to show off the theme (often written by a guest poet), a “Response Poem” to show it again from an example answering the prompt, and a “Mentor Poem” to give an example for kids to build on. The Pet Crazy book is more oriented for younger kids, with units about questions and alliteration as an example – although there are still some good prompts; never underestimate a child! Here We Go is more for older kids, around 4 grade and up. There are more generalized prompts (ask What If? for example), but also some instructional prompts on things such as rhyme. I loved both of these poetry books and think kids will learn a lot!

I give both of these five out of five bookworms! fivebooks



Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

6 replies

  1. These look fab. Interesting!

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  2. Mom kinda wants these books for herself! She will write poems like crazy!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  3. These look like fun. I will have to check them out! 🙂

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