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I appreciate being able to spend time outside every day when the world news is so difficult. We’ve had a spectacular fall, but winter was eager to make an early appearance. Our first snow fell on Halloween, and the hound and I ventured out to take a few photos of the seasonal mix-up. That inspired a first-draft poem:
Dance Recital Maple Leaf dons her crimson costume for autumn’s final performance. She waits in the wings while one leaf after another pliés, pirouettes, and leaps--a grand jete´ into the air, spinning, circling, melting to the leafy ground. She is alone on the branch when the audience overflows with the season’s first flakes, applauding her tenacity, swirling, whirling blanketing her with praise. She sways from front to back, side to side then springs up into the wind’s strong arms that carry her as she glides, spirals, dips bows with the others. The audience erupts in cheers. They roar and bury her in appreciation-- a show-stopping performance. --©Buffy Silverman
Although I’m not a fan of rushing the seasons, there’s a reason for me to celebrate the snow flying! I had a new book come out in October: ON A FLAKE-FLYING DAY: Watching Winter’s Wonders. Thanks to Mary Lee Hahn, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, and Sue Heavenrich whose blog posts offer some great ideas for using the book in the classroom. I hope you’ll ask for FLAKE-FLYING DAY at your local library or school. And if you’re looking for a fiction story to pair it with, check out Travis Jonker’s wonderful new book: JUST ONE FLAKE.
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