Friday, December 11, 2015

Poetry Friday - More Used Book Finds

Every so often I'm lucky enough to find poetry books in a local independent bookstore that sells both new and used books. Here are my recent purchases, bargains at under $20 for the lot. And boy, are they good ones.
There are two written by David McCord and illustrated by Marc Simont, THE STAR IN THE PAIL and  EVERY TIME I CLIMB A TREE. There is a wonderful book all about mice by Aileen Fisher entitled THE HOUSE OF A MOUSE. The last book is little one by Myra Cohn Livingston entitled A SONG I SANG TO YOU.

Instead of retyping a poem or two for you, I thought I'd show you some photos of my favorite pages. (If your eyes are as bad as mine, you can click to enlarge.)

This page is from A SONG I SANG TO YOU.
This adorable illustration (by Joan Sandin) accompanies the poem Portrait, by Aileen Fisher. My favorite part is "Such trim feet/in barefoot shoes."
 These two are from the books by David McCord.
If you don't know the work of David McCord, you can learn more about him in this NCTE piece from the Perspectives Column. Here's an excerpt from the interview.
"It's hard for me to say why man creates poetry. I suppose it's a kind of primitive urge in him to attempt to add his own small stitch to the infinite weave of the world. This is the oldest form of art: The art of creating form from something unformed—as simple as kneading bread. Nowadays, you can pass a pizza parlor and watch a man with bare arms making pizza. That's quite an art. There's a kind of poetry in the way he spins an enormous circle of dough until it flattens to the absolute right thinness."
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Tara at A Teaching Life. Happy poetry Friday friends!


  1. Oh Tricia, I've found a few at my used bookstore, and it's always a delight to do so. How wonderful to discover these, and thanks for sharing such lovely ones. "Little sad that he flew." I'm a little sad that I'm finished reading! Thank you!

  2. Treasures, indeed! Thanks for sharing them. I love the adorable mouse and "such trim feet in barefoot shoes."

  3. What fabulous finds! I'd be excited too if I had stumbled upon them. I was especially charmed by the wee mouse (with its big questioning eyes) holding the buttercup. Thanks for sharing these treasures.

  4. Thanks for sharing your finds!

  5. You've definitely found some treasures! And I love the David McCord quote!

  6. So glad you found these treasures to share with us today. I think my favorite is "The Night." Love those "lace pictures on the walls."