NOTES FROM MOTHER GOOSE…

Look what’s New for Spring 2021…

It’s my book…honk…honk!

Girls and Boys Come Out to Play published by Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House.

Thank you, Margaret Ferguson! Thank you, Holiday House!

Where would a goose be without you?

Just a peek. More to come…

Honk-honk…MG

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Elephant meets Robert Frost…looking for spring in Vermont…

Elephant and Gracie looking Maple Syrup in Vermont woods...

Elephant and Gracie waiting for Maple Syrup in Vermont woods…

Celebrating Poetry Month with Elephant and Robert Frost…

Robert Frost’s Snowy Woods…with help from Elephant and Gracie…

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
…and fill

…and fill

…and fill

…and fill

My little horse must think it queer
That Spring will never visit here
Between the woods and frozen lake
The longest winter I do fear.

We give our heavy coats a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of gusty wind and heavy flake.

The woods are snowy, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
Please… a sign of Spring before I sleep,
Please… a sign of Spring before I sleep.

Elephant, Gracie with help from Robert Frost and  Tracey Campbell Pearson

The original (below) from Robert Frost works well December through February!

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

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The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson…The Common Core & muffin cups?…

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN 0-374-35046-9 Booklist Editor's Choice, Top of the list 2006 School Library Journal,  A Book of the Year, 2006

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN 0-374-35046-9
Booklist Editor’s Choice, Top of the list 2006
School Library Journal, A Book of the Year, 2006

While signing books at stores in Maine…*(BOB, THE MOON…ELEPHANT’S STORY isn’t out until October 22nd)…I was told THE MOON is being used for “The Common Core”!

Here are links for using THE MOON  with the “The Common Core”:

http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/commoncore/ela.03.sr.1.07.-015-v1.pdf

http://www.wsra.org/assets/Convention/Handouts_2013/b20%20laura%20adams%20gr%204.pdf

I was NOT thinking of  “The Common Core” when I created the illustrations for Stevenson’s  poem.

What was I was thinking?…
(while reading my Dad’s childhood copy of A Child’s  Garden of Verses)

…I love the rhythm, the language, the spaces that Stevenson left me to create my own story within the poem

…the magic of a moonlit night

…sailing with my dad by the light of the moon when I was young.

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My story begins on the title page….when Dad goes into the child’s room…the new baby can’t sleep and neither can anyone else in the house.

spread-moon-clock“The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;”

I’m not sure Stevenson was thinking…

…about a Dad taking his child out for a boat ride in the moonlight… Mom stays home with the baby. This story is for the older child when a new sibling arrives. There are enough books written that will tell him how he’ll “love his new baby brother or sister”
This book celebrates the older child.

Here is a link to THE MOON on my website. It includes “the inside story” about my process creating the book. I share this with teachers, librarians and students when I visit schools.

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/themoon.htm

What were the children thinking?
The same poem.
Different artists.
Different art.

See posts from June 5th,  June 6th…Chamberlin Elementary in S. Burlington,VT made beautiful watercolors.

Post from April 7th…Alden Primary in Buffalo, NY made great paper cut outs of owl in the night..check out the owl’s eyes made out of…muffin cups!!!

So…after teachers fit The Moon into The Common Core…
…maybe students can pick up a paintbrush…or scissors…paper…a glue stick and….
….muffin cups???…tcp

*PS…I left signed books in Maine at The Children’s Book Cellar inWaterville, The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine Coast Books in Damariscotta and Blue Hill Books in Blue Hill…all wonderful independent bookstores…I just sent books at Deer Isle Library….and left a pile of books for the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School for kids to check out…enjoy…tcp

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Poem for April Fools…

Poem for April Fools Day...Ladles and Jelly Spoons.

Poem for April Fools Day…Ladles and Jelly Spoons.

April is poetry month.

I found my copy of A ROCKET IN MY POCKET. The book was first published over 60 years ago. (It is older than me!…but I bet you can still find a copy in your library.) This was the first book I bought for myself from a school book fair when I was little. It is filled with poems rhymes and chants…many of them are very silly.

Here is a favorite poem that I memorized and would recite to myself and to everyone and anyone that came along…

Ladles and jelly spoons:
I come before you
To stand behind you
And tell you something
I know nothing about.

Next Thursday,
Which is Good Friday,
There’ll be a mothers’ meeting
For fathers only.

Wear your best clothes
If you haven’t any,
And if you can come
Please stay at home.

Admission is free;
Pay at the door.
Take a seat
And sit on the floor.

It makes no difference where you sit;
The man in the gallery is sure to spit.

Happy April Fools Day!

Find a silly poem and share it with a friend.

or borrow this one…enjoy…tcp

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