by Amy LV
Students - have you ever scooped a few different ice cream scoop flavors into one bowl? Have you ever let them sit a little too long? If you have, then you will remember how the different flavors eventually swirl into one color. Finding ideas is like this too.
Tracing today's poem to its idea-finding roots, I found several connections:
1. My mom just bought Mark a John James Audubon calendar with a flamingo on the front cover.
2. I have always been fascinated by flamingos and their pinkness.
3. Our children are in love with the YouTube video MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON which caused them to make their own video today about John James Audubon shooting a flamingo before drawing it. This was quite amusing, with Georgia as John James Audubon, Henry as the dead flamingo, and Hope as videographer.
It was fun to think about rhyming words for "diet." "Quiet" is another good one!
It is true that flamingo diets affect their colors, and if you'd like to read about this, check out The Wild Ones. For even more information, visit The Straight Dope. When my mother-in-law traded cigarettes for baby carrots several years ago, she truly did begin to turn orange. So be careful!
In other animal news, DIZZY DINOSAURS, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Barry Gott, is now available! I feel very fortunate that my poem "Bathtime" appears in this fun collection.
Nancy Claeys, my SPARK 11 partner, has posted our work (button piece & weather vane piece) together on her blog A Rural Journal. I encourage you to take a look around her beautiful photographs and writings. Through this window, I have found a world of new farm blogs to visit.
SPARK 12 will take place in May!
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