Poetry Shelf bubble time: watch my ocean video and try my challenge

 

 

 

This is Bethells Beach, Te Henga, where I can now drive to early in the morning. Usually there are hardly any people at that time, but now there are a few surfers, runners, dog walkers, strollers, daydreamers, super-fast walkers … and loads of shore birds. There is heaps of room. I often get ideas when I am walking. They roll about in my head like little waves.

 

Today I invite you to watch the video (under 2 minutes!). I have at least one book to give away.

 

Jot down everything that pops into your head as you watch the ocean.

Use your eyes and ears!

Choose one thing you have written down as a SPRINGBOARD to a poem.

Play with how the words RIPPLE on the line.

Play with how the lines LOOK on the page.

Say your poem out loud and listen to the movement of the words.

 

LEAVE YOUR POEM FOR AT LEAST ONE DAY. This is poem 1.

 

After a few days (or one day) write a new version of the poem. Add something new into the poem.

It might be from the list of things you jotted down.

It might be something surprising!

It might be your own beach memory.

It might be someone doing something.

It might be a bird doing something.

You might hear something different.

It might be something surprising you spot in the sand.

YOU CHOOSE!

This is poem 2

 

Make sure you give the poems titles. You can illustrate them. You could use coloured pencils, crayons, felt pens, paint.

 

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it

don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)

 

There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children.

I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.

I will have at least one book to give away each Friday.

 

 

You can also try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:

 

Read Richard Langston’s lighthouse and tree poems and write as though you are something /someone else.

Listen to Paula read her cats poems and offer cat and things-that-wake-you-in-night activities

Listen to Elena de Roo’s BIRD poems and try my Bird challenge

Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.

Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities

Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities

write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop

Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges

Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS

Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities

Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge

Make a memory album or page

Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!

Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside

Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat

Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own

Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks

Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things

Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!

Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!

Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem

Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email

Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble

My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem

My thank our supermarket workers challenge

Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge

Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge

Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge

Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge

Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges

Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

Poetry Box Bubble time: Friday 8th children’s mahi

 

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Kate Duignan’s family played with pomegranates and it reminded me of my colour challenges. This photo is just itching for a poem!

 

 

 

Yesterday I posted some of your mahi from the past week. It took hours to do make the post and answer all your emails. This morning I discovered a gremlin had swapped my post for an early draft so most of the poems and artwork were missing! So I have had to do it all again!

Thank you so much for trying the Poetry Box bubble time activities and sending me things. I LOVED reading everything!

I will do bubble time again this week – while most of you are not back at school. All activities are still open and each riday I post work and give away books.

In a few weeks I will pick someone to send A Treasury of NZ Poems to.

But this week I am sending a copy of Groovy Fish to Jean, Poppy B and Sophie E.

 

 

 

BIRD POEMS INSPIRED BY ELENA DE ROO

 

 

 

Jean’s Tūī Poem

 

Tūī on a tree

Waiting for her morning tea

Nectar of the flax

 

Jean  (7) St Francis Catholic Primary School

 

 

 

Daniel (Age 11) Year 7, Hadlow School

 

 

 

 

CATS

 

The Fat Cat
I love cats, cats, cats
and they sleep on mats.
If I had a cat I would name her Pat
and then she pounced on a rat but
she was too fat and she missed that rat.

But then from that rat
she caught a nit
and then
it bit and bit and bit.

Rose (6)

 

 

My beloved Trixie

Her memory so fresh in my mind

From her silky black and white fur

To her rumbling purr.

 

Her sweet little meows

As she rubbed her head under my chin

I remember how that made me grin.

 

Trixie loved me

And I still love her

Wish I knew what an awful thing would occur

 

She was trying to come home

When hit by a car

Killed was my little superstar

 

Buried on a bed of ferns

Under a bush of roses

My kitten Trixie decomposes.

 

Goodbye, Trixie.

 

Paige L Year 6 Fendalton Open Air School

 

 

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The Van Clan Family

 

 

 

 

 

LOCKDOWN POEMS

 

 

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felicia flowers (happiness flowers)

 

Lockdown List

 

leaves, leaves, leaves crunching

mailboxes, moths no one’s bunching

dogs, dogs, dogs barking

creeks, cats, cars are parking

sparrows, sparrows, sparrows tweeting

felicias, friends no one’s meeting

wind, wind, wind whistling

bears, bikes, sausages sizzling.

 

Lillia P | Year 6 | Age 10 Russley School

 

 

 

A Lockdown Walk

 

White fluffy clouds

roamed the sky.

 

The streets were deserted

like the basement of an abandoned house.

 

Brown, crunchy leaves

crackled with every step.

 

Leafless birch trees

lined the streets.

 

The occasional car interrupted

the surreal silence.

 

Suddenly a big gust of wind blew me over

and I came tumbling down

SPLAT!!!!

 

Lucas Y | Year 4 | age 8 yrs Russley School

 

 

Beans

 

Foil crinkling as I

dip my hand

into the packet

of beans

 

What do I

wish for

dinner?

 

Popcorn and

apple pie

maybe a dash

of

coconut

 

cantaloupe

and coffee

blueberries

and bubblegum

 

Dr Pepper

or island punch

creaming soda

or root beer

 

My mouth watering

as I dip my hand

into the

rainbow

 

into the world

of

sugar

 

into the

land of

sweets

 

into

jellybeans

 

 

Ella-Rose  | Age 12 | Year 8 Russley School

 

 

CHOCOLATE

 

Creamy and delicious

hot or cold delight

on top of ice cream

chunks melted to dip

oranges and strawberries

layers of icing

adds flavour to cakes

tempting treats

eclairs and mousse.

 

Caitlin S Year 6 Fendalton Open Air School

 

 

 

AUTUMN POEMS

 

Autumn

Leaves blowing

trees flowing

the lemons

are growing.

 

My brother’s

birthday’s

coming up.

 

Liam C (Year 4) Russley School

 

 

Death of an  Autumn  Leaf

 

Autumn leaves glide like flying squirrels in North America

They cascade like lemmings migrating off a cliff

they sail like shipwrecks

 

leaves pile-up like toys on the floor

They die on the ground

like lemmings at the bottom of the cliff

Leaves accumulate like money in the bank

 

leaves rot like an apple

in the bottom of my school bag

They decompose like dinosaurs

when the mighty meteor hit

Leaves corrode

like rust on the bottom of a shabby Corolla

 

James d-W (age 8, year 4) Russley School

 

 

SIMILE POEM CHALLENGE

 

Bean Bag

The surface is like the colour of a snow lynx’s coat.

It’s as oval as an egg.

Puffy as a cloud dancing in the sky.

Soft as a bed of marshmallows.

Furry as a Maine Coon cat.

Warm as an overheated computer.

 

Lucas Y (Year 4) Russley School

 

 

The Wiggly Squiggly Hose

 

The hose is like a tapeworm tangled up in my stomach

It loops around itself like an elephant’s trunk

It is coiled and knotted like my shoelaces

 

Our hose drips water like a broken toilet.

It leaks water onto the ground like a sewer pipe

It sprays water like a skunk defending itself.

 

My hose is as long and green as Jack’s beanstalk

It is as long and green as five Kermits tied together

It is as long and green as a vine of sour grapes

 

James d-W (Age 8, Year 4) Russley School

 

PETS

 

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Good Ol’ Gavin

 

Gavin was a friendly sheep

At first we didn’t know

But everywhere that Daniel went

Gav would suddenly show

 

He followed Daniel on the deck

And tried to come inside

Mum said he was a pain in the neck

And that she’d have his hide!

 

But Gavin kept trying his best

To win our family’s heart

‘Til finally passed the test

Now they’ll never be apart

 

Daniel L (11) Y7 Hadlow School

 

 

 

WRITING ABOUT THINGS INSPIRED BY RICHARD LANGSTON’S TREE & LIGHTHOUSE POEMS

 

The lighthouse

The light shined

Oh so bright

and on those special moonlit nights

she save many lives

from the crashing waves and killer rocks.

As she watched the waves

she picked out her favourites

especially the ones that reached superior heights.

 

All was good

‘Till one night

when the lighthouse keeper

climbed her spiralling steps no more.

From there on in

all she guarded

was bird poo from the rocks.

 

The gulls still sing

but not at night

when there is no hum

from the once blinding light

All she is now

is an old relic

sitting in between the rocks.

 

Lachie H Year 6 Fendalton School

 

 

Harry Potter

I am at a mysterious castle.

Surrounded by magic.

Seeing all the real wands and spells,

it is like a dream.

Making new friends,

learning great things, causing some trouble.

There is always one more adventure.

 

Anna K age 10 Fendalton Open Air School

 

 

Tree

I am a tall green tree today.

Gleaming in the sun,

making huge shades

for the hot an tired people

who need a relaxing seat.

It is Spring,

I look at the beautiful

flowers blooming

for their lives,

and birds tweeting

across the sky.

This is a miracle.

 

Anna K age 10 Fendalton Open Air School

 

 

Cat

I am a cat today

Laying in the sun

Taking every moment

Like a dream in this sun

Watching birds fly around

I sleep night and day

I fight other cats

I dive into my beautiful wet food

I snuggle with my owners at night

I watch stars where nobody’s listening

I dance in the moonlight with dazzling stars

And I am a cat.

 

Poppy B Year 6 Fendalton Open Air School

 

 

String lights

Rain droplets hanging on a thread of silver

A thousand shooting stars

stuck on a moonbeam

Tiny fairies dancing around a cherry tree

A glittery snake slithering

around my bedroom

Eyes of an owl looking at me as I sleep

Long and twisted jungle vines

Miniscule marbles pink and blue

My little string lights.

 

Eabha D (age 12) RUSSLEY SCHOOL

 

 

NIBBLES My Pet

Nibbles is as hot as an erupting volcano

He is as fast as Lightning McQueen

His feet are as small as a lego figure

His whiskers twitch like he is about to sneeze

He is just a bit bigger than a block of butter

He looks like an oreo biscuit with a splash of Caramel on the side

 

Did you guess what I was writing about ???

 

It is a guinea pig

 

Liam B (age 11) Russley School

 

 

My Favourite Tree

My birch is as rough as a Rhino’s horn

And as calm as peace and quiet

It’s as beautiful as a mystical starry night

It’s looked over me when I was young

and will look over further on

 

It’s not exactly straight

But it’s like a little crooked house

Its graceful leaves luxuriously sway

side to side in the ferocious wind

It will always be with me no matter where I am

I will always think of it as beautiful

 

Even when dad grumbles like a gorilla over the leaves

When I look and think about it

I will always remember the wonderful time

I took my first step up on the trunk

looking out, over the street like an eagle

 

Sophie E (age 10) Russley School

 

The weedeater    

Oh no there it is again

the one

the hungry

weedeater machine

 

It gobbles the garden like baboon

It roars and hisses like a car engine starting

It gnaws the grass, the weeds

like a mouse nibbling on cheese

 

Me and my sister like a lovely stroll

and then ahh!

There it is again at this place

at that place

all over the show

like a monkey dancing to jazz music

 

here and there

everyone’s got them

Where do we go?

 

I know we can hide like a turtle in its shell

as it rushes and gushes and strikes but misses,

I think it’s full- no more weeds

but we’ll see you again, beasty machine!

 

Aaliyah R. (age 10) Russley School

 

 

The Mondial Rose

The rose bush is like Medusa’s hair

Twisting and creeping towards the sky

 

It is a brave warrior

Fighting with long, vicious thorns

 

It is a forest

Calm, relaxing and beautiful

 

It is a hotel

Welcoming small guests

 

The flowers are women

wearing soft, white dresses

 

The buds are young children

Running with the breeze

 

The wilting flowers are elders

Waving their relatives goodbye

 

Reuben V (Year 8) Russley School

 

THINGS THAT WAKE ME IN THE NIGHT

 

The Peaceful Night

My bed is luxurious with the softest pillow in the world

the blankets are toasty and snug,

the room is dark and cozy,

just perfect for sleeping in

 

As my eyes start to shut

a loud snore comes from my brother’s room,

the house creaks 7 times every 7 seconds,

my crazy dog begins to bark

to get outside and hunt hedgehogs

 

After that long and interrupted sleep,

I think I might need a coffee today,

possibly a cappuccino

 

James d-W (age 8, year 4)

 

Things that Wake Me Up in the Night

Pitter pitter patter

The footsteps of a beast

I am too cold yet heavily  fleeced,

my rumbling stomach’s churning after my midnight feast

 

Swish swish swoosh

The branches of the trees

I hold my breath and hug my knees,

my heart takes a few seconds to unfreeze

 

Flick flick flock

The flickering of the lightswitch

I hide under my quilt from the witch,

And my fingers go bonkers for a giant itch

 

Tweet tweet beep

The sound of the morning

I climb out of bed lazily to spread my warning

And nobody seems to be conforming!

 

Eabha Dalton (age 12) Russley School

 

 

Cats Who Go Bump in the Night

 

In the still of the night

When all is quiet

It begins

A door creaks cringingly

 

Then

 

Mrrp

Prrp

M m m mrrrrp

P p p prrrrrrrrp

A second door squeaks

Mrap

Pfft

M m m mraaap

P p p  pfffffft…

 

Then

 

Thunder thunder

Crash bang smash

Mrrpprrpmrappfft

Hisssssssssss

Yowl growl

Mrrpprrpmrappfft

Crash bang smash

Thunder thunder…

 

Then

 

A third door wooshes

Stomp stamp

Trip tramp

Murmur mutter

Sighing stutter

Mrrp prrp mrap pfft

Thunder crash

Yowl hisssssss

A fourth door bangs

 

Then

 

In the still of the night

All is quiet

It is over

 

Daniel (11) Y7 Hadlow School

 

 

Things that Wake Me Up at Night

 

I listen to the cars drift past my driveway in the dark night.

Wind whirling in the night sky.

No one can hear or see me.

So I am desperate to be safe.

Snug in a rug in my warm cosy bed.

I hear the birds singing bedtime songs to the chicks.

The bedtime stories are making me sleepy

so I go to bed and say my prayers.

 

Good night, New Zealand

 

Ila (age 7) Russley School

 

 

PASS THE POEM

 

We had great fun, playing pass the poem in lockdown! We thought it would be fun to have each poem include the word ‘button’. The poems sure took some interesting twists and turns, particularly in the senior group! Russley School

 

Ninja Cat

by Team Roto (Year 3 and 4) Russley School

 

Her eyes glow like golden buttons

Her rough tongue is like a slightly shaved beard

She likes to sleep in the darkness of the basement

fur as fluffy as a baby sheep’s coat

as warm as a microwave

Her coat is a shaded colour of ginger

tabby like a tiger

Her paw pounces of the muddy land

She slinks through the catflap, like a ninja

and sleeps with one eye open

 

(by Mrs K, James, Lucas Y, Emilia, Henry, Oliver, Amber & Sam)

 

 

 

Button Moon

by Team Awa Nui (Year 5 and 6) Russley School

 

The moon is like a silver button

shining in the night sky

Stars sprinkled across like pixie dust

shiny as glitter

The night sky is like a blanket

Covering the bright Earth

The moon is like a silver button

 

(by Mrs K, Lillia, Aaliyah, Sophie, Lily T, Therese)

 

 

 

 

 

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The Weed-waker man
along he walks, slaying weeds as he goes,
pulls up his pants, and revs his weapon,
charges down the weeds that grow in his way,

he is the week-end warrior,
the mighty Knight of this day,
all hail the “weed-waker man”,
he knows nothing about hay.

Van Clan Family collaboration

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

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The Midnight Gang  By David Walliams

Reading is such a great thing to do it helps you grow your imagination and calm your thoughts about your day. Well what if there was a book that did all that and it made you jump with joy when you read it and  in the book there are things that you can relate to in ordinary life. Well you’re in luck cause there is a book like that called The Midnight Gang by one of the most famous kids authors,  David Walliams. The Midnight Gang is an awesome book full of creative characters. The setting is in a Hospital called Lord Funt Hospital. It involves a lot of adventure and action. I love this book because it is exciting and I love the setting because it makes me be more grateful to have legs, arms and even eyes. My favorite character in this book is a girl called Sally. She is very ill, she has cancer. She is my favorite because she is so caring and thoughtful. The Midnight Gang is an incredible book! If I was you I would definitely go and read it.

Eliana G Year 6 Fendalton Open Air School

 

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Toucan Can by  Juliette MacIver

 

Who is in it:

Toucan, and YOU!

What happens:

Toucan can do lots of things and other people can do other things.  Everyone tries doing things and it is so funny.

What I thought of it:

I LOVE this book.  I love the pictures and the silly ideas.  Toucan is a cool character.  My favourite part is all the rhyming.  It is fun to read and it is funny to listen to.

Recommendation:

Everyone and anyone.

Rating:

2042 billion (5 out of 5) stars

Daniel L Y7 (11) Hadlow School

 

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

My favourite part is when the mouse says to his friends that he was going to have tea with a gruffalo but he was just tricking. But then he saw a real gruffalo when he wasn’t going to.

It was cool and funny, it made me laugh.

I would love to read The Snail and the Whale and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book also written by the same author.

The illustrations were seriously good and cool.

Marcelo  Aged 7 St Francis Catholic Primary School

 

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Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery written by Renee Treml

Sherlock Bones is a bird skull and he is looking for the museum diamond. If he doesn’t find it, the museum will have to close. Sherlock has a toy bird and he thinks it is alive and they have another friend, a raccoon called Grace. They are all detectives.

My favourite part was when Grace was eating far too many lollies.

I forgot to mention that the toy bird is called Watts.

This book doesn’t remind me of any other book because it is the first time I have read a detective story. The mood was awesome and fun. It made me feel like a detective.

Writing was good and illustrations very detailed. The look of the book is cool because Sherlock Bones is actually an animal and that’s why I love it.

I give it 5 stars.

Charlie 7 years St Francis Catholic Primary School

 

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Sebastian’s Dragon BallZ illustration St Francis Catholic Primary School

 

Tune in on Monday!

 

 

Poetry Box Bubble time – I need to redo yesterday’s Friday picks !

 

my Friday post of children’s mahi was posted but now appears as an early draft.

 

ah! so glad I discovered this. Feel so upset!

Gosh! I don’t know what happened to yesterday’s post but I need to redo it – half the poems are missing – my intro is missing – I had all the poems in sections. It took hours so will have to do it again today. So sorry if I emailed you to say your poem was there and it wasn’t! Check again at the end of the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box bubble time: Two sublime Richard Langston poems and an invitation to write as though you are a lighthouse or a tree or a …

 

 

Lighthouse

I stand on rock.

I am the lighthouse.

I shine & turn

In the dark.

I talk to the moon

stars & sea.

I stand in spray,

flying rain, crying wind.

The crash of waves.

I am all weathers

I am the world.

I turn & turn

I watch you pass,

Sailor, dolphin, bird,

There you go,

in my flashing eye.

Richard Langston

I am a Tree

 

I am a tree today,

I must be.

The sun glows

in me.

I feel myself rise,

My skin is leaf.

I lift my arms

& grow & rise

& bud.

I am seven,

It is Spring

& I am a tree.

Richard Langston

 

I really love these two poems by Richard Langston and thought it would be cool

to write a poem as though you are something else.

 

The possibilities are endless:

a train, plane, ant, tiger, cat, cup, crayon, the sun, the moon, stars, clouds, a puddle, traffic lights, a tree, a flower, the wind, a mountain, a river, the ocean, a monster, a zebrodile, a letterbox  .. you choose!

 

You can play with how your poem sits on the page.

Will you use dialogue?

Will there be another character?

You will have to wonder what it is like to be something  else!

You can include a drawing or painting if you like! Or do a comic strip.

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it

don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)

 

There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children.

I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.

I will have at least one book to give away each Friday.

 

 

You can also try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:

 

Listen to Paula read her cats poems and offer cat and things-that-wake-you-in-night activities

Listen to Elena de Roo’s BIRD poems and try my Bird challenge

Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.

Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities

Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities

write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop

Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges

Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS

Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities

Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge

Make a memory album or page

Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!

Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside

Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat

Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own

Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks

Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things

Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!

Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!

Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem

Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email

Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble

My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem

My thank our supermarket workers challenge

Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge

Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge

Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge

Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge

Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges

Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Box bubble time: Cat poems and things that wake you in the NIGHT

 

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Agile hiding in the bush

 

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Charlie on the deck watching me garden

 

 

 

Last night at about 2 am our cat Agile started howling in the hallway so our other cat Charlie joined in. I don’t know know what they wanted but they wouldn’t stop. They hailed and wailed until about 4.30 am and I just couldn’t get to sleep. Now those two ragamuffin cats are fast asleep. Charlie is on his bubble wrap under the kitchen table (listen to the poem!) and Agile is asleep on a chair.

Not me! I can’t go to sleep now. I decided the ragamuffin cats were cold and hated the stormy night because when I turned the heater on they were happy.

The other night an army of mozzies kept me awake from about 2 until 5! Buzzing around my face and dive bombing me.

One night it was the RAIN thumping on the roof that woke me up.

This has been my week of not very much sleep at all. I am imagining there is a big bucket on the deck full of sleep. You can reach in and pull out a sleep cloak and hey presto you have a good night’s sleep before you can say SLEEPADOODLEDO!

 

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So I am going to read you a few of my CAT poems because I LOVE writing cat poems. They are out of my book The Letterbox Cat (I have a copy to give at least one child who tries a challenge below).

 

Paula reads ‘Cat Naps’, ‘The Letterbox Cat’ and ‘Night Cat’

 

 

 

Paula reads ‘The Greedy Cat’

 

 

 

 

Two activities for you

 

Cat things

write a poem about your pet cat

write a poem about your pet cat doing something they have never done before

write a poem about an imaginary pet cat

write a poem about cat for someone who has never seen a cat

write a poem about a pet cat and their best friend

write a poem about a pet cat who gets lots (our one did!)

or any cat poem you like!

draw or paint your cat or do a comic strip

 

 

Things that wake you in the night

write a poem about something that wakes in the night

write a poem about something invented that wakes you in the night

write a poem about the stormiest night ever

write a poem about a cat that wakes you in the night

 

h a v e    f u n  !!!!

 

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it

don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)

 

There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children.

I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.

I will have at least one book to give away each Friday.

 

 

You can also try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:

Listen to Elena de Roo’s BIRD poems and try my Bird challenge

Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.

Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities

Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities

write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop

Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges

Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS

Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities

Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge

Make a memory album or page

Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!

Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside

Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat

Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own

Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks

Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things

Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!

Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!

Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem

Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email

Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble

My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem

My thank our supermarket workers challenge

Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge

Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge

Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge

Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge

Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges

Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

Poetry Box bubble time: Elena de Roo’s bird slide show, bird poems and my bird challenges

Elena de Roo is one of my favourite New Zealand children’s poets. You can find some of her poems in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children (Random House). She writes poems with a listening ear and a zesty imagination. There is always a sprinkling of heart, surprise and music. I love the way the real world comes alive as much as imagined things. I just love love her poems!

Elena has picked some of her bird poems to share with you. You can watch the bird slide show and listen to her two poems and then try my BIRD activities.

I will have a copy of A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children to give to one child who sends me something from one of my bird activities below.

 

Listen to Elena read ‘Pīwakawaka’ while you watch the slides:

 

 

 

 

Listen to Elena reading ‘Hunting the Dawn’

 

 

 

Listen to Elena read ‘Pīwakawaka’ without the slide show!

 

 

 

 

Some BIRD ACTIVITIES for you

 

1       Bird sounds  LISTEN to your poem as you write it!

I was inspired by Elena’s morepork poem. Make a list of bird sound words. Start with tweet and cheep and then use your ears to make up words for the sounds different birds make. Try morepork / ruru  or a chook or a duck or a hawk or a kiwi or a dotterel or a starling. Choose any bird you like!

Can you find bird sounds online and listen to then? Can you listen to bird sounds outside?

Pick one bird and use the sounds you gathered for it and make a poem. Do an illustration to go with it if you like. You may even want to record yourself reading the poem.

Or write a poem full of different sounds and bird activities. Do an illustration to go with it if you like. You may even want to record yourself reading the poem.

 

2       Bird patterns  LISTEN to your poem as you write it!

I love the way words make patterns in Elena’s pīwakawaka poem.

Pick one of your favourite birds. Draw a circle (or a bird) and fill it with as many words as you can that show the bird (you choose!): what the bird looks like, sounds like, how they move, what they eat, where they live, anything special, different or unique about them.

flutter flutter fantail

flitter flitter wing

dance dance silver bird

shimmer shimmer sing

 

Use some of the words to make a bird pattern poem.

You could make a bird pattern poem in the shape of a bird.

OR use some of your words to tell a little bird story in a poem

 

Do an illustration to go with it if you like. You may even want to record yourself reading the poem.

 

h a v e    f u n  !!!!

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put NAME OF challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it

don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)

 

There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children.

I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.

I will have at least one book to give away each Friday.

 

 

You can also try these Poetry Box activities. Click on links below:

 

Tell about a book you have loved in bubble time.

Richard Langston reads his red poem with colour activities

Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s magnificent videos and The Bomb activities

write or draw something for your favourite library or bookshop

Listen to Ashley (8) read: try my dinosaur, pets and swip swap challenges

Have fun with SOUNDS, muck around with WORDS

Listen to Amelia (8) read 3 poems from The Treasury and try my activities

Listen to Philippa Werry read her poem and try her simile challenge

Make a memory album or page

Try my lost-wonder challenges and listen Sarah Ell’s new book Lost Wonders!

Loads of MAKING ideas inside and outside

Do something rainy or snowy! Watch me read my rain and cold poems from The Letterbox Cat

Listen to Melinda Szymanik read her alien mother story and try your own

Send me pictures, photos or poems of curious things you see on your walks

Listen to Maisie and I read fish poems and invite you to do fishy things

Listen to my unpublished very very very strange tail story and do some illustrations for it or invent your own strange tail!

Try writing a postcard poem from where you’d like to be!

Mixed up animals and hear Paula read ‘Anifables’ poem

Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Try my Pass the Poem challenge with friends and family by phone or email

Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble

My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem

My thank our supermarket workers challenge

Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge

Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge

Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge

Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge

Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges

Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges

 

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

Poetry Box bubble time: Let’s support NZ books

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Kiwi book publishers are struggling to regroup after seeing sales obliterated in April.

The Publishers Association of New Zealand/Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) says members are reporting zero or minimal sales for the month of the Level 4 lockdown.

The risk to the book industry is at its greatest since the Global Financial Crisis.

“Publishers, along with our authors, illustrators and booksellers, are caught up in a negative spiral,” says Julia Marshall, PANZ President.

Unlike in most countries, in New Zealand books were not classed as essential items during Level 4.

“Online sales of books made a massive difference to sustaining publishers in many markets, including Australia,” Marshall says.

“While New Zealand publishers have remained at work remotely, preparing books for 2020 and 2021, they couldn’t sell print books until Level 3 permitted online and click & collect sales.”

Despite some short-term rescheduling due to the lockdown, Marshall says that PANZ members are on track to produce many fine books this year.

Publishers have also stepped up to make content available digitally to schools and families, recognising the vital role of books in home-based learning and personal wellbeing.

Educational publishers entrusted design files for many textbooks to the Ministry of Education so it could print and despatch books to schools, ensuring students could go on studying.

Others have given free licence to libraries, booksellers and schools across the country to provide readings and content from New Zealand books during the lockdown period.

Now that it’s ok to shop for books, Marshall encouraged New Zealanders to support the Kiwi booksellers and authors who like all of us are facing major challenges with the Covid-19 epidemic .

“This is the year to buy New Zealand books, if you want to be sure our books are still around in the future.”

 

 

 

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