The Mouse of Amherst, written by Elizabeth Spires and illustrated by Claire Nivola
I Never Told And Other Poems, written by Myra Cohn Livingston
I'm quite taken with the story of Emmaline, a mouse who lives in Emily Dickinson's bedroom and finds in her a kindred spirit. I'm also quite fond of her poems. Here is one Emmaline wrote in response to a poem of Emily's she read.
I am a Little Thing.
I wear a Little Dress.
I go about my Days and Nights
Taking little barefoot Steps.
But though You never notice me
Nor count me as your Guest,
My soul can soar as High as yours
And Hope burns in my chest!
I hope you have a chance to pick up this gem of a book. Until then, you can read more about the book in this NYTimes book review.
I never miss a chance to pick up a book of Myra's. This one has some lovely poems. Here's a shape poem I particularly like.
This is a quirky little collection about everyday things. Here's one more poem. Given all the talk of Syria, it's one that has taken hold of me and won't let go.
by Myra Cohn Livingston
Plastic soldiers march on the floor
Off to fight a terrible war.
The green troops charge. The gray side falls.
Guns splatter bullets on the walls.
Tanks move in. Jet fighters zoom
Dropping bombs all over the room.
All the soldiers are dead but two.
The game is over. The war is through.
The plastic soldiers are put away.
What other game is there to play?
That's it for me on this Friday. I do hope you'll take some time to check out all things poetry being shared and collected today by Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty. Happy poetry Friday friends!