Tide’s Out Tai Timu, Frances Plumptom, illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher, Mary Egan Publishing
I really loved Frances Plumpton’s new counting book, Tide’s Out Tai Timu, in both English and te reo Māori, with fabulous illustrations by Stephanie Thatcher. I loved the book so much I though it would be cool to go for a walk and write a counting poem. I was tossing up between walking in the house, around the garden or up the road! Most of my poem is true but not quite everything (all bar one line)!
Frances Plumpton is kindly sending each young counting-poem poet a copy of the book, plus one to the school library. Frances said this about the poems:
I really like the adjectives and action of In The Forest, and how it is
all gathered together with Extraordinary
The repetition in At the Zoo reinforces the zoo experience and has given me
the earworm of Daddy’s taking us the zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow, zoo
tomorrow . . .
At the Ice Cream Parlour had me licking my lips – not sure how I could ever
Gabi’s exploring a magical experience with In the Jungle
I gave young writers 48 hours to write a counting poem. Here are some favourites plus my attempt.
Out walking (most of it is true!)
One small dog rolling on the road
Two fierce turkeys screeching at the hawk
Three goats daydreaming
Four pretty paddocks with wild flowers waving
Five yellow dandelions smiling in the sun
Six baby clouds huffing and a-puffing
Seven tiger footprints in the gooey mud
Eight leaf skeletons floating in the puddle
Nine bumpy hills dozing like dinosaurs
Ten wild gusts blowing off my hat
In the Jungle
1 little red monkey.
2 squawking parrots.
3 slithering snakes.
4 snarling tigers.
5 brown deer dancing in the grass.
6 moon shadow elves granting spells.
It is magical.
It is wonderful!
Gabi S, age 7, Westmere School
At the Zoo
I saw 1 rainbow parrot, at the zoo.
I saw 2 stripey tigers, at the zoo.
I saw 3 tall giraffes, at the zoo.
I saw 4 huge rhinos, at the zoo.
I saw 5 big emus, at the zoo.
I saw 6 very tall ostriches, at the zoo.
I had fun, at the zoo.
I love those animals, at the zoo.
Ike I, age 9, Westmere school
At the Ice-cream Parlour
1 mint chocolate chip, green and black.
2 vanilla, white and creamy.
3 chocolate chip, chocolatey and crunchy.
4 goody goody gumdrop, that’s my favourite.
5 hungry children, waiting for ice-cream cones.
Narla T, age 8, Westmere School
In the Forest
1 slithering lizard.
2 swinging orangutans.
3 chirping cockatiels.
4 little deer prancing around.
5 big brown bears, growling.
Lola, age 7, Westmere School