Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Baby Owl Won't Say "Who?" in Poem #314

My New Paperchase Notebook

This is poem #4 in Story Poem week, a week of poems that tell stories.

Students - Yesterday I had no idea what I would write about.  I sat down at my old wooden desk, and immediately my eyes lit upon this brand new owl notebook.  As soon as I saw the cover, a "What if...?" popped into my head.  "What if a baby owl refused to say Who?"

The words from this poem also hailed from the new Newbery Medal winner, MOON OVER MANIFEST, by Claire Vanderpool.   In each of the sections of "Hattie Mae's News Auxiliary," Hattie Mae promises to share "all the whos, whats, whys, whens, and wheres by next week..."   Surely this repeated section has been echoing in my writing head.

The baby owl here appears in another poem, and perhaps this is why today's poem wrote itself easily.  That other poem, "First Flight," will appear in my first book, FOREST HAS A SONG, illustrated by the wonderful watercolorist Robbin Gourley and published by Clarion Books next fall.

Teachers - for another post about asking "Why?" visit Ann Marie Corgill's blog, AM Literacy Learning Log where you can read her thoughts about this question.  Ann Marie is the author of OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE, a book I highly recommend if you teach writing to primary students.

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  1. Amy,

    That's a really cute poem. I'm sure it would appeal to young children.

    How is your world? Is it buried in snow like mine?

  2. I love this poem, Amy! It really made me smile. I'm going to share it with my students.

  3. Elaine & Susan, I'm so glad you liked it. There is something very special, very mysterious and cute and stately, about owls.

    Elaine - it's pretty snowy here, but we haven't been walloped like you have!

    Susan - I hope your students like it...and I hope to feature them and you in a Peek this year. Thank you for commenting to Georgia. It meant so much to her.