When Dad Showed Me the Universe by Ulf Stark, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, Gecko Press, 2015
First of all I fell in love with title of this book, then I fell in love with the illustrations, then I fell in love with the story. This book is the complete package. It gave me goose bumps as I read it.
A title like this could take you anywhere!
This is how the book starts:
One day Dad said he thought I was old enough for him to show me the universe.
“Where is it?” I asked.
I want you to hunt down the book and read it for yourself because I don’t want to spoil the pleasure of reading it by telling you how the story unfolds. But sometimes you discover things in surprising places. Sometimes the way there is just as important as the destination.
Ulf Stark is Swedish. He has written many books and won many awards.
Eva Eriksson is also Swedish. She is one of Sweden’s most treasured illustrators and has illustrated a number of books published by Gecko Press.
Imagine putting warm clothes on and walking off with your Mum or Dad to discover something marvellous for the very first time. At the weekend I watched a video clip of a little girl watching a train for the very first time. The awe and gasps on her face were breathtaking.
In a way this book shows us the universe for the very first time, in a new and wonderful light.
That is also what poetry can do. This week you are doing Odes to Things (ordinary things like shoes or toasters or apple trees). So in a way your poem is showing us something in a new light, as if we are seeing it for the first time. As if we were from another country or another planet or another universe.
A mini poetry challenge:
Try writing a poem called When Dad Showed Me the Universe or When Mum Showed Me the Universe
Real detail will help, little surprises will help!
DEADLINE for your Universe-Poem Challenge: Wednesday April 1st
Send to email@example.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email.
PLEASE say it’s for the Universe-Poem challenge. Put in the subject line of the email please.
I will post my favourites and have a book for a poet (Year 0 to Year 8).