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Poetry Box bubble time: I read from Poems Aloud and set some activities

 

Whenever I write a poem (whether for adults or children) it has to SOUND good. I always SAY my poems out loud.

Poems can go FAST or SLOW! Words can clash and rhyme and connect and glide and purr and whisper and roar.

You can make sound patterns in poems when you make words rhyme and repeat the first letters of words (alliteration). You can make the tummies of words rhyme and the tails of words of rhyme.

All my poetry books for children show how I like to play with the sounds of words.

 

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Poems Aloud by Joseph Coelho with illustrations by Daniel Gray-Barnett (Allen & Unwin 2020)

Today I am going to share a cool new book where Joseph Coelho plays with the SOUND of poems and Daniel Gray-Barnett does the illustrations.

 

Each poem has a tip for something you might like to try.

Some poems invite you to perform them with a friend.

Some poems invite you to read them in special animal voices.

Some poems imagine what it would be like to talk like an object.

Some poems invite you to show how a poem feels.

Some poems invite you to make puppets and do a poem puppet show with different voices.

Some poems invite you to do a tongue twister.

Some poems invite you to use rhyme you can predict.

Some poems invite you to move from loud to quiet (dimuendo).

Some poems invite you to move from quiet to loud (crescendo).

Some poems invite you to read really fast.

Some poems invite you to read really slowly.

Some poems invite you to read with suspense!

 

I highly recommend you getting a copy of this book but in the meantime I have read a few of the poems for a taster:

 

 

 

Paula reads ‘The Shockadile Crocodile‘ (you can join in!)

 

 

 

Paula reads ‘To the Countryside’ (a poem that goes from loud to quiet)

 

 

 

Paula reads ‘Speedy Rocket’ (yes this poem goes really fast)

 

 

 

Paula reads ‘This bear’  (a poem that goes really slowly)

 

 

JOSEPH COELHO is an award winning poet and performer from London, although he now lives by the sea. In 2019 he won the Independent Bookshop Week Picture Book Award for If All the World Were. He has been longlisted for The Carnegie Children’s Award with his poetry collection Overheard In A Tower Block. He won the 2015 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award with his debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules. His debut Picture Book, Luna Loves Library Day was voted one of the nations favourite picture books by a survey led by World Book Day. His other poetry books include How To Write Poems and A Year Of Nature Poems.

DANIEL GRAY-BARNETT is an Australian illustrator and author based in Tasmania. He has illustrated 4 books for children, including the award winning debut, Grandma Z. His illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as The New York Times, Sydney Opera House, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Warner Music, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. His work has been shown internationally and has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators NY, Communication Arts and 3×3 magazine.

 

Some SOUND Poetry Box Bubble activities

Have a look at the list of poem ideas above and see if you can write or read one like that.

I love the idea of writing and reading a poem in the voice of an animal or object.

And playing with rhyme. And playing with speed and slowness. And reading with suspense. And do tongue twisters.

You might come up with your own ideas on how to make a poem sound cool.

Alliteration is fun.

Rhyme can be easy or tricky.

You can match the starts of words or the middles of words or the ends of words.

You can send me written poems and drawings, or recordings if you like (audio MP3 or MP4 or video – YouTube links are easy for me to post).

 

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 SOUND 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.

 

You can also try these Poetry Box activities:

 

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: Philippa Werry reads her poem ‘Palm Tree’ and sets you a challenge

 

 

 

 

This is a poem that I sometimes take into schools. It’s a simile poem I guess, where you compare one thing to another thing, or lots of other things. I did a series of visits to a school in Featherston where they had some big trees in their school grounds, and I took the students outside so they could choose a tree and think up their own comparisons.

My challenge:

Try writing a poem like this, based on an object that you can find in your house – or maybe in your garden or garage, but somewhere within the “bubble” where you are living.

See how many other things you can compare it to!

I’ve given you some suggestions on the video, but I’m sure you will have plenty of great ideas of your own. Good luck!

Philippa

 

 

Philippa Werry writes for children and young people. She writes fiction, nonfiction, stories, poems and plays, magazines and newspaper articles. Her website here.

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put SIMILE 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.

 

You can also try these Poetry Box activities:

 

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: making a memory album or memory page

 

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This is me with my soft toy and a butterfly bow in my hair. I can’t remember the soft toy. Is it a rabbit? What is it called? I will have to write a wee poem about it!

 

 

Sometimes I write poems that are based on a memory. I remember something from the past and I switch it into a poem.

Sometime I use objects / things to JUMP START a memory.

I was thinking it would be very cool to make an album of memories of when we were younger. Or even just a page.

 

 

A Memory Album

 

1. write down as many objects and things as you can in 3 minutes. They can be as big as the sky or as small as a pin. They can be alive (like a cat or a dog, inside the house (like a chair or a sock or a teddy or a book) or outside the house (like a tree or a river or sand or a ball).

2. look at all the words and see which one JUMP STARTS a memory.

3. switch your memory into a poem, a little story, a drawing, a painting, a collage, a comic, an audio, a video

4 see how many memories you can jump start and gather into an album

5 send me photos or scans of the pages or the poems or audios or videos

6 I will have at least one book to give away

 

 

Another Memory Album

 

1 jot down some of your favourite memories of when you were younger

2 they might be funny happy strange mysterious beautiful! Anything!

3 choose one to start on for your album or memory page and switch it into a poem, a little story, a drawing, a painting, a collage, a comic, an audio, a video

4 see how many memories you can jump start and gather into an album

5 send me photos or scans of the pages or the poems or audios or videos

6 I will have at least one book to give away

 

 

Here is where you send things

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put MEMORY challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it or name of challenge

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 pop-up mystery giveaways every Friday when I post your work. See the list below!).

 

 

Here is what you can choose from so far:

 

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

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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

 

 

 

Poetry Box bubble time: The Very Very Very Strange Tail by Paula Green illustrated by the Van Clan children

This week I read my unpublished picture-book story and invited you to do some illustrations for it.

A Whangārei family made a video and turned it into a wee book.

I just love it! I felt warm inside when it arrived in my email box.

I loved the idea of a story where you saw the tail and had to turn the page to see what it belongs to. Maybe one day it will be a book!

I would love to add more tails so Daniel (11) came up with a very cool one I have included below.

I have also included me reading the story and ….

for the first time in public the story itself.

As long as we are in our bubble you can have a go at illustrating a page and I will add it in here! email address at bottom

 

 

 

The most magnificent Van Clan illustrations

 

 

The Very Very Very Strange Tail

 

‘There is a very very very very very strange tail

in my bedroom,’ says Jack.

 

‘Is it the velvety skittery flickering flittery marmalade tail

of a cat?’ asks his mother.

‘No!’ says Jack. ‘It’s not a cat.’

 

‘Is it the skimpy scrimpy daisy dozy buttery tail

of a lion?’ asks his mother.

‘No!’ says Jack. ‘It’s not a lion.’

 

 

‘Is it the jimpedy jumpity muddy madcap scruffy shuffly helicopter tail

of a dog?’ asks his mother.

‘No!’ says Jack. ‘It’s not a dog.’

 

 

‘Is it the big barbed bumpy bumpity almighty thumpity pea-green tail

of a dinosaur?’ asks his mother.

‘No!’ says Jack. ‘It’s not a dinosaur.’

 

‘Is it the long leathery shuddery shuddering sharp spiky avocado tail

of a crocodile?’ asks his mother.

‘No!’ says Jack. ‘It’s not a crocodile.’

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‘Look! It’s the curling coiling curvy swervy corkscrew tail

of the vacuum cleaner!’ laughs Jack.

 

‘It snorts and it snuffles.

It huffles and it chorts!’ laughs his mother.

 

‘It’s time to vacuum,’ says Jack.

‘Hey! It’s not a tail! It’s a swan’s neck.’

 

‘It dances and it floats.

It swoops and it gulps,’ his mother says.

 

And look! Now it sleeps under the bed,’ says Jack.

‘Nighty night, vacuum swan.’

 

Paula Green 2018

 

 

 

You can watch me read the story here

 

 

 

Daniel (11) invented a very cool tail I could have included in my story (he sent me the source of his inspiration!)

 

Another strange tail!

It could be the…

Twirly twisting tumbling twitching crazy curly creamy furry koru tail of

an Astridoodle-do!

 

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Here is where you send things

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put TAIL 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 pop-up mystery giveaways for the other activities every Friday when I post your work. See the list below!).

 

Here is what you can choose from so far:

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

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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: I challenge you to MAKE something today in your home school and write me a letter

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my custard ball drawing! The poem is in Groovy Fish.

 

This is day two of homeschooling and for some of you this will be a breeze and for some of you it might be a lot harder!

Play is such an important way to learn. I still play with words everyday as though I am playing in the water or sand or with paints or blocks.

Making things is also a cool way to learn and discover.

 

1  Here are NINE making challenges for you.

2. If you make anything take a picture or draw a picture and tell what you did!

3. I will have a mystery giveaway for at least one child who sends me a drawing or photo or letter showing me what they have made.

 

A The hunt and make challenge

Go outside and look for five to ten different things. Use them to make a scene or an object or a machine. Draw what you invent.

I found a feather, a twig, a stone, three leaves, a tin can, a piece of cardboard, a shoe! (it’s windy!) I decided to make a flying machine and borrowed some string out of the kitchen.

Then I drew a picture of a secret sleepout in the bush made of what I found!

 

B The hunt and make challenge

Go inside and look for five to ten different things. Use them to make a scene or an object or a machine. Draw what you invent.

I found a sock, three pieces of paper, a ribbon, a felt pen, a spoon, a piece of cardboard, a box, an empty water bottle, tin foil. I decided to make a crazy hat.

Then I drew a picture of a crazy animal made of what I found!

 

C The make something in the kitchen challenge

Today I am going to use some of the big bowl of feijoas I got of out tree and make some feijoa muffins or a feijos cake or a feijoa loaf. That depends on what Michael rnings back from the dairy as i am trying to make our eggs last!

What can you make in the kitchen to eat that you have never made before?

 

D The make something with blocks or Lego

I love Lego. My girls played with Lego for years! What is the most surprising ting you can build. Give it a cool name. Give it a really long name!

 

E The make something with socks

I love puppet shows. I love making puppets out of socks. I love putting on puppet sows.

I am so inspired by this idea I will make a puppet show for you in the next week! I think I will have two animals in my show.

Could you make two animal puppets? They can be simple. You could stick on eyes and ears and teeth and antlers and tails and a snout or trunk or a nose.

 

The make something with sheets and boxes

Can you make a hut in your lounge?

Or outside?

What will you put inside it?

How will the sheets stay up?

What else will you use?

What will you call your hut?

 

G  If you got an empty toilet role, an empty can, and three mystery things what could you make with them?

 

The make a card for someone in their bubble alone challenge

 

All you need is a piece of paper or card and a pen but you could get tricky!

You can draw or stick things on the front and inside.

You could make a pop-out surprise for inside.

You can write a wee poem for the person.

When someone goes out to do a food shop they can post it to the person

 

You can invent a make-something challenge yourself

 

Here is where you send things

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 pop-up mystery giveaways for the other activities every Friday when I post your work. See the list below!).

 

Here is what you can choose from so far:

 

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

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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: watch my rain and snow poems and try my activities

 

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This week it is been raining and snowing in Aotearoa.

It has been cold.

It feels like a Cat-in-the-Hat moment when we stuck inside and we have to INVENT INSIDE things to get warm and not be bored.

Writing poems might get me warm and I am never bored. I especially love writing rain poems!

 

Here is my ‘When I am cold’ poem from The Letterbox Cat

 

 

 

Here is my ‘Rain’ poem from The Letterbox Cat

 

 

 

Some rainy snowy things for you to do:

 

Write your own ‘When I am cold‘ poem.

Collect as many cold words as you can and then make a poem pattern with them. Record yourself reading your poem pattern.

Use your cold words to make a poem picture.

Find out three fascinating facts about COLD and hide them in a poem.

 

Write your ownRain‘ poem.

Collect as many rain words as you can and then make a poem pattern with them. Record yourself reading your poem pattern.

Use your rain words to make a poem picture.

Find out three fascinating facts about RAIN and hide them in a poem.

 

Do anything of these things for WIND nor SNOW!

Have you ever had an astonishing or surprising or magnificent or scary or fascinating snow or rain or wind experience? Turn it into a poem or story or picture or comic and send it to me!

 

 

Here is where you send things

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put WEATHER 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 pop-up mystery giveaways for the other activities every Friday when I post your work.)

Scroll down my BACK TO SCHOOL blog post and you will find a list of things to do and watch and listen to.

kia kaha

keep well

keep imagining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Shelf bubble time: back to school

 

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Bethells Beach Te Henga

 

Today everyone is back to school but school is in everyone’s bubbles!

Maybe this will be a time of play discovery  invention  creation imaginings!

You will find loads of things to do on Poetry Box and each Friday I will post some of the things you send me – with a few giveaways!

 

Every day I post new things:

videos and audios of poems and stories by NZ authors

we invite you to write, draw, invent, do comics, build, discover

 

Here is where you send things

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 pop-up mystery giveaways for the other activities every Friday when I post your work. See the list below!).

 

Here is what you can choose from so far:

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

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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: Paula Green reads her unpublished Very Very Very Strange Tail story and invites you to illustate it so she can post it on her blog!

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Green reads ‘The Very Very Very Strange Tail’

 

I wrote this picture-book story FIVE years ago. I have a whole stack of stories and junior-fiction novels in my cupboard like a stack of preserved peaches waiting to be opened.

So I thought I would get one or two out and video myself reading them.

Then if some of you come up with some illustrations I might post the story on my blog!

 

 

y o u     c a n :

You can do some illustrations to send me (crayon, pencil, collage, paint)

You can use my title and come up with your own story or poem.

You can come up with a tail I could have (and might) add to my story!

 

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put STRANGE TAIL 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.

 

You can also try:

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

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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: A postcard poem is a ride in the car at Easter! Give it a go …

 

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Te Henga Bethells Beach : my local!

 

If I wasn’t in my bubble, I would definitely doing the short drive in the car to Te Henga Bethells Beach. We can’t go for our early morning run there until our bubbles open.

But what I can do is a write a poem postcard from somewhere I would love to visit this holiday weekend.

That means it is FREE! I can go anywhere in a poem postcard.

So I am inviting you to write a draw a poem postcard and send it to me so I can post some on Poetry Box! I can go anywhere when I read a poem and I write a poem!

 

you can go anywhere: any time any place!

 

I love finding things to do that make me HAPPY IN MY BUBBLE!

I will have a few copies of Groovy Fish to give to children once our bubbles open.

 

PLUS I am giving at least one Groovy Fish to someone who picks a favourite Summer Postcard Poem from my March challenge. See here

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put POEM POSTCARD 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.

 

You can also try:

Listen to read my Anifable poem and try my mixed up animals

Sally Sutton’s magic hat challenge

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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: Sally Sutton’s MAGIC HAT CHALLENGE

 

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Here is my MAGIC HAT CHALLENGE:

You’ll need three hats. If you don’t have hats, use boxes. If you don’t have boxes, use bags. If you don’t have bags, use socks. If you don’t have socks … you will have cold feet. Whatever. Write down some settings on little pieces of paper and put them in the first hat.

A setting could be anywhere: home, the Moon, a sushi store, a bus, a carwash, the zoo… wherever.

Write down some characters with a one-word description on some more little pieces of paper and put them in the second hat, e.g. a nervous schoolgirl, a grumpy grandmother, a bossy bus driver, an irate llama. In the third hat: some examples of onomatopoeia, e.g. smash! kaboom! pitter-patter! whoosh! crunch!

Now close your eyes and pick one piece of paper from each hat and magic up a story!

Don’t forget your story must have a PROBLEM. For example: you choose a bossy bus driver, the zoo, crunch! Hmmm… Could the bus driver be at the zoo to pick up kids after a school trip? The kids are noisy, the bus driver is so busy yelling for quiet he/she doesn’t notice an escaped alligator has snuck onto the back seat… CRUNCH. No more bus driver….

Write (or tell) the story! And don’t forget to try it out on your parents. Trust me, you’ll be way better at it than them! Your story-writing is MAGIC! 😉

 

Sally Sutton

 

send to  paulajoygreen@gmail.com

please include your name age and name of school

don’t forget to put MAGIC HAT 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.

 

You can also try:

Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read

Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library

Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person

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