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Poetry Friday

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This was my first book of poems. Yes, I still have it, although you can see, it's tattered and worn. The illustrator is Betsy Clark.

I think my mom gave it to me when I was like 9 or 10? The pub date is 1976.

Oh how I loved this book. I don't think I ever got tired of looking at it. I adored the pictures and would study them for hours. I would read the little poems aloud. I would try to decide which was my favorite. And I never could decide.

Here is one of the poems and the illustration that goes with it:

"A thoughtful deed
and friendly touch
can tell a person
oh so much."

I'm so grateful for this book. It reminds me what it's like to be a child and to have a book you love, and how I hope I can write a book someday that a child adores.

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Sep. 28th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
I think I had that book, too -- or else the earlier one, "Hello, Sunshine!" (I had to look them up.) I can remember the shape of the book and the feel of the cover in my hands -- seeing your book literally produced a tactile memory for me. The illustrations are by Bets(e)y Clark (I can't find consensus on the spelling of her name). I used to also have a deck of cards with her characters on the backs.
Sep. 28th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I may have had the first one too, but I don't have it anymore. Oh, how funny you have such a strong memory of it too!

I should edit my post and give her credit.
Sep. 28th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes! There was a post over on the Blue Board recently where someone quoted a line from that Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks movie, ack! my mind is blanking on the title-- oh! "You've Got Mail." Anyhoo-- the line was something like no book we read as adults ever becomes part of us the way our favorite books we read as children do, and that's it exactly. I want to write books who do that for someone.
Sep. 29th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
I bet you *do* write books that do that for someone! :) And someday I know kids will read them. I just know it!!!
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Sep. 29th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks m'dear. :)
Sep. 28th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful excerpt you shared!

Sep. 28th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
what a treasure
Oh, the post, poems, and pictures all made me smile. How great your mom gave you that, how great you both treasured and saved.

Yes, this is really what we're all trying for.

I, too, have my first book of poems, a collection with masterpieces I still love -- Robert Louis Stevenson, a bit of Longfellow, Eugene Fields.
And today I'm rereading Little House on a Prairie (for research, and okay, pleasure) but it so sends me back to my daughter's love of those books, how great it was to share that -- and she is in college now!
Thanks for scanning those pages and the deep feeling, made my day!
Sep. 29th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: what a treasure
I should reread LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. I think I'm afraid I wouldn't love those books as much as I did way back when. :)
Sep. 28th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. Your book to be adored is in you, good luck with getting it out.
Sep. 29th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
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Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teens

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