This is one of those books for kids that tends to be an eye-opener for most adults, too. Who knew there were this many poetry forms out there?!
Notice how the book could be enjoyed by just reading the poems. OR, if you want to learn more, you can see what the form is and use Chris Raschka’s symbols to help you remember. And if you want even more, read the super-small print at the bottom of the page.
I encourage all of you to read Janescko’s excellent introduction, too. He’s a teacher himself and he really knows how to explain poetry in ways that everyone can understand. Why all the rules? Well, would a basketball game be any fun to watch if there were no rules? Same with poetry. But he’s also good on why it’s okay to break the rules sometimes.
Most of all, I implore you not to try to read this book fast or all at once. If you were sharing this with children, you certainly wouldn’t. If you have to read it under time pressure, then try to imagine it being read with children just a little bit at a time.