Friday, January 8, 2010

Another great addition to my collection

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies (Hardcover)

As many of you already know, poetry is a big part of my personal life. But it is also a HUGE part of my teaching life. I'm proud to say that when we do Poetry in my ESL class, I never get a sigh, or a grunt, or a negative reaction. Both boys and girls in my class have been exposed to tons of poetry in this past 6 years that I have been teaching at Beechwood Elementary. We celebrate National Poetry Month every year and we involve the whole school in our celebration. I even had students whose poems were chosen for publication. We read, share, and write poetry as part of our life as readers and writers. I usually get Original Poems written by my students as gifts on my birthday. So I am always always on the look out for great poetry books. I also LOVE LOVE when poetry books include an audio CD with poems read aloud by different writers. My ELLs benefit so greatly from those books since they don't have to worry so much about pronouncing the words correctly and they can concentrate on enjoying the melody, sound and rhythm of the words in the poem.
I found a new poetry book that includes a CD that I am sure my students will LOVE. Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies. The poems were selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton . The amazing watercolor paintings were done by James McMullan. How amazing is to see mother & daughter selecting poems together! The book and poems are organized by sections. Some of them include: All Things Bright and Beautiful, Accentuate the Positive, Growing up. Julie Andrews gives a special introduction to each section by sharing some family stories and memories. She has definitely given her special touch to this book by making it personal, intimate, filled with memories, and insights.
One of my favorite poems is called Bedtime Blessing by Julie Andrews on page 74. I guess you will have to get this book in your hands in order to find out what this poem is all about.
Please head over to The Miss Rumphius Effect for the roundup and to be inspired with more poetry. Also don't forget that Mother Reader's Comment Challenge 2010 starts today. I love her project, it encourages all of us to provide feedback to other fellow bloggers and build a sense of community. Let's get this wonderful party started. And Ohio bloggers: Happy Snow Day, our first one in 2010!


Emma Walton Hamilton said...

Dear Stella -
Thanks for the terrific shout-out for our anthology - we are very grateful! I wanted to let you know that we are working on a sequel, which will be poems about the holidays and seasons. We are actively looking for suggestions - so if you or any of your followers or students have some favorites to share, please visit and give us your recommendations!
Thanks again - and kudos for the great blog and for the wonderful work you clearly do with your students.
Emma Walton Hamilton

Mary Lee said...

Happy Snow Day to you, too, Stella. WOW! Fancy meeting Emma Walton Hamilton here! (I'm still in my jammies, hope she doesn't mind!!!)

This is another GREAT collection!

Stella said...

Dear Emma,
Wow, what an honor! Thanks for stopping by My World/Mi Mundo and for your kind words. And may I just say I am so excited to see that there will be a sequel!! I will definitely keep you posted on ideas/suggestions. My students and I definitely wish there were more poems about the different holidays celebrated in the USA since it is a country so blessed with people from all over the world.
Again, thanks for your kind words.

Kelly said...

That looks like a lovely collection. I used to teach grade school before I had children and I loved sharing poetry with the children. They loved it!

Margo Dill said...

Hi Stella,
You are right, I think so anyway! :) Poetry is so important to share with kids at any age. What a great collection of poetry you have shared here. And it's good to hear that your students are enjoying poetry. :)


Anonymous said...

That is so cool your students enjoy poetry so much!

I did not know that Julie Andrews had a collection out. I'll have to check it out. :D I adore her!

Margaret Ann Abrahams said...

I loved Julie Andrews as a kid - must look for her anthology. Enjoyed reading your blog. What a great idea - to inspire ESL students with poetry.

vanessa said...

That is awesome that you use poetry to teach ESL-your students are lucky to have you. I found your blog through the comment challenge!