Thanks to B.J. Lee for sending Mortimer my way after he visited the Blue Window. Here’s how to hop “Mortimer Minute” style!
- Answer 3 questions. Pick one question from the previous Hopper. Add two of your own. Keep it short, please! This is a Blog Hop, not a Blog Long Jump. This is the Mortimer Minute – not the Mortimer Millennium!
- Invite friends. Invite 1-3 bloggers who love children’s poetry to follow you. They can be writers, teachers, librarians, or just plain old poetry lovers.
- Say thank you. In your own post, link to The Previous Hopper, then keep the Mortimer Minute going – let us know who your Hoppers are and when they plan to post their own Mortimer Minute.
Mortimer and I have had a lovely chat. I tried to steer the conversation, but Mortimer is a bunny-in-charge.
Welcome, Mortimer! You aren’t responsible for the shredded lettuce I passed on my walk today, are you?
Mortimer: Ahem. I will ask the questions! And here’s my first one: Is there a children’s poem that you wish you had written?
I love word-play, Mortimer. I especially admire poems with fun word-play like Douglas Florian’s poem, “The Ticks:”
Ticks are strictly parasi-tic.
–Douglas Florian, “The Ticks” from Insectopedia, all rights reserved.
Isn’t that fantas-tic, Mortimer?
Mortimer: Ticks! Fantastic!? Keep those blood-suckers away! Here’s my next question: Don’t you have any itch-free poems that you admire?
Well yes, Mortimer, I’m partial to non-itchy poems too. One of my goals when I write is to capture a sense of wonder about nature. And that’s what “Polliwogs” by Kristine O’Connell George does:
Mortimer: I do love critters that huddle and snuggle. But how can you huddle and snuggle with slippery tadpoles! Perhaps you should write about cute, furry animals if you want to inspire a sense of wonder….you know, poems about bunnies! And that leads to my final question: Are there any word-playful, wonderous poems about bunnies that inspire you?
A little bit
Little bit of beet.
Because he liked the taste of it.
–Mary Ann Hoberman, “Rabbit” from The Llama Who Had No Pajama, all rights reserved.
I’m pleased to tag my pal Debbie Diesen. Debbie is the author of the Pout-Pout Fish, a NY Times best-selling rhyming picture book, and an ever-growing list of Pout-Pout sequels. Picture Day Perfection, her latest gem, is full of picture day mayhem.
Debbie is an incredibly generous author, sharing the spotlight with other authors through the Michigander-Monday feature on her blog. And rumor has it that she likes bunnies!
Wiggle your whiskers and visit Laura Purdie Salas for today’s Poetry Friday Roundup.