Friday, December 16, 2022

The Best Part Of...

Pick Me!
Photo by Hope VanDerwater

Students - Two weeks ago, I shared a poem about our wondrous and lost cat, Tuck. In that post, I mentioned that we would be visiting the SPCA to find a new cat for our cat Winnie. Well, we found Claude. Here he is with his country-tail, Monet.

Claude and Monet
Photo by Amy LV

Claude is a super snuggly and chatty cat with Copper eyes and a sense of gratitude floating around him. Winnie and Fiona (our beautiful black kitty who didn't need a cat as she is very independent) are starting to like him. The whole dance of cat friendship is a funny one indeed, and it will surely offer more poems.

Copper-Eyed Claude
Photo by Hope VanDerwater

While there are many many parts of Claude I could (and will) write about, today I focused on one - his magnificent tail. Some of you may have read and written from this book by Wendy Ewald, THE BEST PART OF ME, a book of writings by children about their favorite parts of their bodies accompanied by beautiful photographs.

We can write about the "best part" of anything - the best part of a pet, of a book, of a room, of a park. And of course, there doesn't need to be just ONE best part. Claude (and each of us) has many best parts!

Consider making a list of "best parts" in your notebook and seeing if one seems like an interesting topic to write more about.

We welcome Claude to our home and I welcome him to The Poem Farm. If you could see him in person, he would curl up on your shoulder and purr!

Karen is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Karen Edmisten with wonderful poem titled "Be Kind" by Michael Blumenthal. Please know that all are welcome each Friday as folks share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship.




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  1. Claude (and Monet) are absolutely bautiful, Amy! So glad you found each other. I used THE BEST PART OF ME many times with students. It's such a great scaffold and mentor text.

  2. I am giggling at the naming of the tail! Love it! How blessed are we to find joy in our pets and their parts. I hope Claude and Monet will delight you and your family for years to come.

  3. What a fun poem Amy, and that's quite a tail Monet has too–happy to meet both Claude and Monet, thanks Amy!

  4. Oh, Claude! You don't know how lucky you are!! (Heading to my notebook to make a Best Parts list now...)

  5. So happy to meet Claude! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! xo

  6. I love the idea of a "best parts" section in a notebook. (One thing I could surely put under the "best parts of me" would be our current kitten Maisy and the other animals that have been part of our family.) Aw, sweet Tuck ... I hope he is happy wherever he is. (Those are hard unknowns!) And Claude! And Monet! What a pair. ❤️ Claude and his "soft, floofy spray" are beautiful additions to your family.

  7. Hi, Amy! Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2023 bring much good inspiration to you and your amazing poetry! Warm Alabama hugs to you, and Claude and his amazing Monet tail. Love that poem!