Saturday, November 6, 2010

Round and Round We Go - Poem #221

Breaking Free
by Amy LV

I grew up near Binghamton, NY, "the Carousel Capital of the World".  There are six merry-go-rounds in my hometown area, built by George F. Johnson, founder of Endicott-Johnson shoes.  As a boy, George was too poor to afford a carousel ride, so he donated carousels to the Binghamton area about a hundred years ago with the understanding they would be free for all children, forever.  I remember placing a piece of litter into the big barrel at the Ross Park Zoo in exchange for my free ride.

My favorite poems to write are ones like this...poems with just a hint of magic!

Today is the Rochester Children's Book Festival.  I am not sure if our family will make it this year, but I highly recommend this day full of authors and books...even Jane Yolen will be there!

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