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Tween Tuesday: Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed From A Single Word by Bob Rackza

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens. It's poetry month and this week I've got a great poetry book for tweens!




Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Poetry

Release Date: 3/15/2011

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About the Book: Poetry can be squeezed from one single word. Taking one word and rearranging the letters, Bob Raczka creates poems ranging from funny to serious in a fantastic poetry collection.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Lemonade has library program for tweens written all over it! I first heard about this book during a upcoming book release webcast and knew I had to get my hands on it. I'm a big fan of Raczka's book, Guyku, and I was intrigued with the idea of taking one word and creating a poem.

The poems are so creative and fun! I love the layout of the book which lets the reader see how the poems were made and what letters were used. On the next page, the actual poem appears. This would a be a great tween program and I plan on using it in the writer's workshop programs I run for tweens and teens.

Sometimes it is a bit of a stretch to make the poem make sense, but it's the creativity that really counts for me. I also thought the book was a bit short-I wanted more poems. I did really love it and I hope we get more Lemonade poems soon. Such a fun and creative poetry book!

While I loved several of the poems, I think Vacation is one of my favorite:

Vacation:
Action
In
A
Van
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Bob Raczka, from Lemonade, 2011

Book Pairings: Guyku by Bob Rackza, Blue Lipstick by John Grandits, Won Ton by Lee Wardlaw-add all these together for a great poetry workshop!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from copy I checked out from the public library

Comments

  1. I've been looking at all my old Shel Sliverstein poetry books and this one would fit right in!

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  2. Ohhh!! I love children's poetry--can't wait to check this one out!!

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  3. I just had a library kid looking for poetry. I'll keep this book in mind for them. Thanks!

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  4. What a cool sounding book. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I can't wait to booktalk this one-I think it will be a huge hit!

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