Module 9–Poetry

Sharing the Seasons selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins




This collection of poems describes the seasons of the year in a way that readers will probably not have thought about.  Divided into four sections with twelve poems each, the seasons are explored through our senses:  the heat of August, the Royal Keeper of the Corn and the icicles of winter are all described in vivid detail.


Hopkins, L.  (2010).  Sharing the Seasons.  New York:  Margaret K. McElderry Books.


My impressions


Not being a poetry reader, I actually enjoyed this book.  I liked being able to think about the different seasons through poetry and I could imagine exactly what they were talking about.  The use of illustrations done by David Diaz was amazing and added to the book.  The colors he used for each season was a good representation and added to the ambiance of the poetry.  One of my favorite poems was Bewitched by Autumn by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.  I could totally imagine my favorite season, Fall.  I felt the breeze and smelled the broth cooking….great poem….great collection.




Cheery, upbeat and accessible—and lovely to boot. Veteran poet and anthologist Hopkins makes good choices among contemporary poets young readers might recognize—Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Marilyn Singer, April Halprin Wayland, to name a few—and a few older names, such as Carl Sandburg and William Shakespeare. The brief (none longer than two pages and some only a few lines) poems are grouped by season, and each gets a page of Diaz’s astonishing illustrations. They pulse with color, leaping off the page. His signature use of pattern echoes Mexican pottery or silhouette, always in mouthwatering incandescent colors that shade into one another. “Winter tames man, woman and beast” says Shakespeare; Anonymous writes of finding a shady spot in “August Heat”: “And sit— / And sit— / And sit— / And sit!” Prince Redcloud makes a shaped autumn poem called “After,” and Elizabeth Upton, in “Summer Sun,” speaks in the sun’s voice: “I linger in the evening / so they can / skip, hop, race / play ball / eat Popsicles…” Good all year round. (Poetry. 7-12)


(2010, January 15).  Review of Sharing the Seasons.  Retrieved from




During story time we usually don’t include poetry.  But this book would be fun to use through the entire year.  I do about 48 weeks of story times throughout the year and could do one poem (according to season) at the beginning of each story time.  The poem could be what helps choose the theme for the day.  This would be a great way to introduce poetry to young children, as the season are all around us and we are all familiar with them.


Yellow Butter Purple Jam Red Jam Black Bread by Mary Ann Hoberman




A collection of silly poems from the mind of Mary Ann Hoberman.  Do llamas really need pajamas to sleep?  Why won’t the room stop spinning?  Is it polite to talk with your mouth full?  All of these questions are answered plus the lives of hippos, frogs, ants and penguins are described through silly verses.


Hoberman, M.  (1981).  Yellow Butter Purple Jelly Red Jam Black Bread.  New York:  The Viking Press.


My impressions


At first I was not so sure about this book.  But after reading more and more of the poems I couldn’t stop giggling.  While they were not my favorite poems they did remind me a little bit of Shel Silverstein (whom I enjoy very much for his nonsensical verses).  I did like the title poem very much and will use it in my preschool story time.  I think the kids will laugh right along with me.  Looking at the illustrations I was transported to my childhood.  I was reminded of Maurice Sendak with Chaya Burstein’s drawings.  They made me smile.




After searching for many hours I was not able to locate a review for this book.  Every page I went to informed me that I could be the first to write a review.  If I locate one at any time (because I am not one to easily give up) I will update this portion of the post.  My sincere apologies.




This collection had many tongue twisters including the title poem.  Using these tongue twisters in story time would be very fun and amusing for the children and me.  I might also use them with our teens after school during National Poetry Week, also encouraging them to create their own tongue twisters.


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