A to Z Poetry Challenge Day 25—Penny: A Rare Collection

It’s Day 25 of the 26 day A to Z Poetry Challenge hosted by Rena Traxel. Here is a quote from Rena’s website about today’s challenge.” Y is for you. Today is all about you. I want you to spend the day thinking about yourself then write a poem. What is a self-portrait poem? It’s a poem about yourself.”

So, I did my first poem collection. Don’t be scared off by the word “collection”….My poems are short. 

Penny-A Rare Collection

Pretty Penny

Coined in nineteen fifty-five
Pretty Penny—cooing live
Certificate, inscribed with pen
Christened tiny Penny Len.

Penny Wise: Note From Parents

Penny, life will be a surprise.
But we have prepared you,
and you are wise.
So when the penny drops,
and likely it will,
Just pause and ponder,
reflect and refill…
rolling through life can be dull and grimy—
but love can restore to bright and shiny.

Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny has sisters—three
Tris Cean, Cari Dee, Janna Lee.

A Penny Found

My husband is adept…
And knows a Penny found is a Penny kept.

Rare Coin

My son— not just chapter, but a book.
A rare coin in a mom’s heart-nook

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Ask this Penny for her thoughts
You’ll get whimsical, quirky jots!

Coin Toss

Life’s journey—a coin toss
Win, loss, win, loss…
Tails, heads—heads, tails
Attitude is what prevails.

In God I Trust

In God I Trust
A lifetime must!

A Penny on a Railroad Track

A Penny placed on life’s railroad track…
Becomes a valued treasure—always taken back!

A to Z Poetry Challenge Day 24-A Found Poem-Boy Blue, Wolfy Fella, and Cinder-gal

I have to start out by saying that my poem today will make ABSOLUTELY no sense unless you consider that it is a found poem. You don’t know what that is???? Ha! Neither did I until this morning. Rena Traxel explains all about it on her blog today as we come to Day 24 of the A to Z Poetry Challenge. Also, HERE is a link to The Found Poetry Project. Rena created an online version for us to use-how clever of her! Essentially we are give “source text” (simply put—a bunch of random text taken from a bunch of random sources)…Then we use the words to make up a poem. I went through and highlighted words I wanted to use and then added some words of my own to create my completely random poem. If you’d like to see my the “source text” Rena provided us, click HERE and scroll down to where it says Source Text.

A Found Poem-Boy Blue, Wolfy Fella and Cinder-gal

Boy Blue stomped his feet

Go away! I’m not yours to eat!

You bushy tailed canine,

You’re not going to dine

On me or Cinderella

Got that? Wolfy fella?

You say you’re NOT here gnaw and chew

On Cinder-gal or her wooden shoe?

Well, then don’t piddle and putter

Have some crunchy peanut butter

And some beans, corn, peas.

Although I doubt that will please.

As for me and my main squeeze

We will head for balm and breeze.

And sing from the rooftops

Because, Dude, we have “nice chops!”

So, “Later” you hairy bafoon

We’re off on our honeymoon!

Perfect Picture Book Friday-Pig Pigger Piggest

When I saw this title I was happy! When I read the opening lines I was happier. But once I finished the book, I was the happiest of all!  Today for Perfect Picture Book Friday, I am doing another Rick Walton book. I have already reviewed Once There Was A Bullfrog and you’ll find that review HERE.

Pig Pigger Piggest

Written by Rick Walton

Illustrated by Jimmy Holder

Gibbs Smith 2003 Ages 4-8

Themes: Compromise, Fairy Tales

Synopsis: (From Rick Walton’s website) When three brothers–Pig Pigger and Piggest–meet three sisters–Witch, Witcher, and Witchest–the union is, well, rather stormy. And it’s one that grows in increments, too, from big to bigger to biggest, in as many unusual ways as you can imagine. (Look at all the pictures carefully!)

Opening Lines: Once upon a time, there were three pigs: a big pig named Pig, a bigger pig name Pigger, and the biggest of the three name Piggest. They all lived in the castle of their father, the king.

One day their father called them in. “Pig,” he said, “when you were born you were a little pig. And Pigger, you were an even littler pig. And Piggest, you were the littlest of my dear, sweet, dirty babies. But now you are great big pigs. And this castle isn’t big enough for the four of us. It is time for you to go out and build homes of your own.”

“Oh, yay!” the pigs said. “Homes of our own!” And off went Pig, Pigger, and Piggest.

Resources:Activities, Compare Three Things, Descriptives/Comparatives/Superlatives Word List, Discussion Questions, Draw a Descriptive/Comparative/Superlative Picture, Find Comparatives and Superlatives in Your WorldCan You Find the Following in Pig Pigger Piggest?Nursery Rhymes About Pigs, Play Hink Pink, Tell Your Own Three Little Pigs Story, Write Your Own Superlative Story

Why I Like This Book: Pig Pigger Piggest is extremely and funny. The story kept me engaged all the way through and invited me back for rereads. I think Rick Walton is unbelievably great at writing stories that fit with school curriculum. Just look at he list of resources, and they’re all from his website. He cleverly uses Descriptives/Comparatives/Superlatives all the way through the story. “And soon he had a tall-wall, thick-brick castle of his very own.  And soon he had a taller-wider, thicker-bricker castle of his very own.  And soon he had the tallest-wallest, thickest-brickest castle of all.”  The lively illustrations by Jimmy Holder are incredible and include funny details like: For Sale: Cheap Sheep, For Sale: Cheaper Sheeper, For Sale: Cheapest Sheepest in Kingdom. Read this book…if you wait one day you will be sorry. If you wait a week, you will be sorrier. If you wait longer, you will be the sorriest of all 🙂

Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list.

A to Z Poetry Challenge Day 23-Wickedness, Fickleness

I can’t believe it is April 26th, and Day 23 of Rena Traxel’s A to Z Poetry Challenge. The month is almost over and I have all these new poems! Not only me…but all who took the challenge. That’s a lot of poetry! Thank you, Rena! Today our letter is “W”. Julie Rowan-Zoch provided some inspiration with her “wicked” drawing. She is a true talent, and has been generous in her contributions to our challenge. 
Although my poem isn’t specifically about her picture, that evil expression got my creative juices flowing to all things evil in a fun sort-of-kid way. I had lots of errands to do today, but I had my trusty notebook and pulled over in many parking lots to jot down the next thought or idea. As I finished my day waiting for take-out for dinner…I finished my poem. I hope the cook didn’t brew up a “special” spell for me. So far, I feel the same…but I haven’t looked in the mirror. Anyway…Enjoy!
Wickedness, Fickleness
Wand and words of wickedness
Stir a brew of fickleness.
Should I use spell one or two…
Spotted frog or moley shrew?
Should I use spell three or four…
Ugly warts or babbling bore?
Should I use spell five or six…
Legs of iron or arms of sticks?
Should I use spell seven or eight…
Frozen tongue or sleeping state?
Should I use spell nine or ten…
Bleating goat or clucking hen?
Wand and words of wickedness
Stir a brew of fickleness.
One or
Two or
Three or
Four or
Five or
Six or
Seven or
Eight or
Nine or
Wand and words of wickedness
Stir a brew of fickleness.
Ten or
Nine or
Eight or
Seven or
Six or
Five or
Four or
Three or
Two or
Which one?
It doesn’t matter what I choose,
Witches always seem to loose.
So, Bibbity, boppity, hit or miss—
She’ll be rescued by a kiss!
And I’ll be stirring up more brew
For princess number sixty-two!
Wand and words of wickedness
Stir a brew of fickleness.

A to Z Poetry Challenge Day 22-Vampire Verse

It is Day 22 of our A to Z Poetry Challenge. Today is the letter “V”. “V” is for a lot of things…but Renee LaTulippe over at No Water River is all about “V” for Video. She has the most wonderful Poetry Video Library. Make sure you visit…you won’t want to leave. Also, make sure you don’t miss her interview. Our incredible organizer, Rena Traxel asked all the right questions, and Renee gave all the right answers. On top of that, Renee shares her own poem, Ugly Pants.

Rena challenged us to write a poem about a vampire, keeping in mind all the performance tips that Renee shared with us. I wrote two very short poems.


Little Vampires

Little vampires out at night

Sharp, sharp fangs. Bite, bite, bite.

Little vampires sleep all day

Sweet, sweet dreams of a neck buffet.








End the beating

A to Z Poetry Challenge Day 21-In My Universe

Yea! Day 21! I cannot believe it. We are already to U in the A to Z Challenge that Rena Traxel organized for National Poetry Month! For the letter U, Rena talked about the universality of poetry…how it touches us…how it taps into life’s common experiences. She challenged us to write a poem that depicts our universe. The minute I read about the challenge today, I thought about how writers are able to express their universe creatively. I’m not sure everyone can relate to “my universe”…because frankly…sometimes, I think what I think in my universe is pretty strange. But today, I’m just putting it out there in a trail of thoughts that ended up in a poem.

In My Universe

In my universe, Bunny is an underground spy

with a watchful eye

on Drake

the snake

who has forced a worm to squirm

under interrogation—

crawly humiliation.

In my universe, Bunny thumps snake, THWACK! on the head…

no—Drake is not dead

but shocked

to be clocked

by a fuzzy-type spy-guy.

Evil termination,

reptile incarceration.

In my universe, Bunny and a tortured worm can win

once, and then again.

I dictate

what’s on my slate

in my own verse universe.

True authentication

of my imagination.

A to Z Poetry Challenge Day 20-Surf

Today, for our A to Z Poetry Challenge, Rena challenged us to tweet and share our poetry on Twitter. You can find the details right HERE on her blog. I chose to write a short acrostic poem for a Twitter share. Tweets must be short and sweet, so I kept it that way. I even had room to share Rena’s Twitter handle, blog address and a couple of hashtags: #poetry #poem. It was really fun!



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