I’m sure many of you share my anxiety about the upcoming election. I admit to obsessively checking polls and waking up in the middle of the night, worrying about the election’s outcome and fearing for the state of our democracy (and our climate, our health, our children’s future…) My vote has been cast for weeks, I’ve mailed my last stack of get-out-the-vote postcards, and I’m holding onto hope that a blue wave rushes through the country.
And since I’m dreaming blue, I thought it would be a good time to share Marjorie Maddox’s delightful new poetry book, I’m Feeling Blue, Too! How can you cure the “down-in-the dumps, life-full-of bumps, bad-news blues?” This book turns the blues into a guessing-game and a fun exploration of all things blue.
By reading the poems and searching for clues in the illustrations, a reader or listener solves the riddle on each page and takes a journey of blue through a day. It’s blueberries that “pop into your mouth like a morning parade of pancakes, syrup, muffins.” The search outside for blue uncovers sky, water, an alphabet of blue petals and more. A tube of blue paint turns into a canvas for a child’s imagination, from moles and mountains to “the universe waiting for you to paint.”
Here’s one of my favorite spreads:
There’s been a flock of bluebirds in our yard for the past few days, so I was particularly enthralled by this “flutter of wings.” I can imagine a young child’s delight in guessing the subject of each poem. An older kid might enjoy the challenge of creating some blue riddle poems of their own. And since I am an older kid, I was inspired to write my own blue riddle. Can you guess the answer?
Crimson leaves drift through it,
Threatening clouds undo it,
Gusty rains shampoo it,
Golden rays imbue it.
Thanks to Resource Publications for letting me preview I’m Feeling Blue, Too! I hope you’ll check it out. And please visit Teacher Dance where Linda Baie is hosting a pre-Halloween party and this week’s Poetry Friday.