Monday, October 25, 2010

A Fuzzy-Fast Blur: Poems About Pets

A Fuzzy-Fast Blur: Poems About Pets
written by Laura Purdie Salas
(Capstone Press) 2009
Source: Cameron Park Elementary Library

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A Fuzzy-Fast Blur is a superb collection of poems featuring different kinds of pets and categories of poetry. If I was going to teach a writing unit with poetry, this would be an ideal book to use. Students will easily make connections with the subject matter, and author Laura Purdie Salas writes poems like acrostics, cinquains, free verse, and haiku so you can introduce these poetry genres to your students. Another great aspect of this book are the nonfiction text features in the back matter. There is a section highlighting the terms of poetry and a glossary emphasizing some of the vocabulary (bask, iridescent, loll) used by the author in her poems. An index of the poems and a helpful website for students to use for research (Fact Hound) are also included. Since we have four pets (and I do love them) and I constantly clean up after them, one of my favorite poems is spotlighted below:

Perfect Pocket Pet 

no cage
no accidents
no smelly, icky chores
no running away- it's all yours!

pet rock 

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