It's Poetry Friday! Celebrate with me! Today's round-up is being hosted by Elizabeth Steinglass. Visit her blog, Growing Wild to link to many wonderful Poetry Friday posts!
One of my favorite poets is Kristine O'Connell George. Her many poems seem to celebrate the simple joys of childhood. Two of those joyful simplicities are playfulness and possessing an imagination. I adore her book, Fold Me a Poem. It is a lovely collection of poems about animals created by Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. One of my favorite "Poetry Breaks!" is accompanied by a quick demonstration on how to fold an Origami dog. I begin with a brief explanation of Origami, followed by the reading of a few poems from Fold Me a Poem. Displaying the bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations that Lauren Stringer created to accompany George's poetry is always intriguing for students and it helps those who are unfamiliar with Origami, to get a better understanding of it.
I also booktalk and introduce George's adorable Little Dog Poems and Little Dog and Duncan books ~ two sublime books of poetry for dog-lovers!
Be sure to check out all of the great Origami resources and links on Kristine O'Connell George's website!
Click here for directions on how to fold an Origami dog.
Below are some photos of my "Poetry Break!" that pairs George's poetry with the folding of an Origami dog.
Poetry and Origami inspired one of my students ~ the day following my "Poetry Break!" she brought a little Origami book from her own collection. It was about folding pets. She showed me the various animals that her book demonstrated how to create and declared, that we needed to fold a cat and that, "now I need to learn a poem about cats!"