by Douglas Florian
Fell on my nose
Note: Douglas Florian loves his wordplay – pretty obvious considering the title of his fall poem collection – “Autumnblings”.
This is definitely not a sit-down-and-read-all-the-way-through book for a 2 1/2 year old. It’s more of a flip-through-start-reading-and-see-what-sticks book. For older kiddos (3+) it’s a visually engaging carnival of words and paintings that will hold their attention long enough to get at least one thing done from your endless To-Do list.
And for adults, the poems are very easy to memorize, which make them perfect for random insertion throughout the day – say, when it snowed last week and I recited the above poem – right after I discouraged him from licking snow off the car.
Where oh where do they get these ideas?!
That’s the thing about poetry. If you grow up with it – a bit like always have veggies on the plate, even if they aren’t consumed – it becomes second nature.
Bonus: My own contribution
In every moment
Of every day
With something to say
In each hint of frost
On each leaf that glistens
If only we listen