Poetry Friday – Hugs, a Giveaway & National Poetry Month

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Carol’s Corner to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.


Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! I was hoping to have this post up earlier, but we have transitioned my toddler out of his crib and nap time is now a bit more of a struggle. It is basically a tug-of-war of wills and I am sorry to say that I am losing.

Before I get to the poem I am sharing today, I wanted to let everyone know that I am giving a copy of THE HUG by Erin McLaughlin and Penny Dunbar. You can see my review of the picture book and enter here.

Since my days of late have been filled with tug o’ wars and hugs, I thought it would be appropriate to share Shel Silverstein’s poem “Hug O’ War”. I love Shel Silverstein’s voice so I was tickled to find this clip of him reading his poem.

And don’t forget that National Poetry Month is right around the corner! I am super excited (and a bit nervous) to be participating in Irene Latham’s progressive poem. 30 children’s writers and bloggers will all work together over the course of the month to create a poem.

Each day, a new person will add one line.. There is no collaborating ahead of time so it will be a surprise to everyone to see the twists and turns the poem will take! Please be sure to join us throughout the month. The schedule with links are included below.

Progressive Poem Schedule 2019

April
2 Kat @ Kathryn Apel
4 Jone @ DeoWriter
5 Linda @ TeacherDance
6 Tara @ Going to Walden
8 Mary Lee @ A Year of Reading
9 Rebecca @ Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @ Live Your Poem
12 Margaret @ Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @ Dori Reads
17 Amy @ The Poem Farm
18 Linda @ A Word Edgewise
20 Buffy @ Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @ Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @ Reading to the Core
25 Jan @ Bookseestudio
26 Linda @ Write Time
27 Sheila @ Sheila Renfro
29 Irene @ Live Your Poem
30 Donna @ Mainely Write

4 thoughts on “Poetry Friday – Hugs, a Giveaway & National Poetry Month

  1. Those ‘hug ‘o wars’ and ‘tug ‘o wars’ are not easy. And now that it’s warmer, that, too, may play a part. As for dandelions, that is one of the foods I posted for our group that is celebrating with poems for Laura Shovan’s birthday. I can’t share them all & there were some good ones, but here’s what I wrote: Those Dandy Lions

    first spring food for bees
    sorry for the sneeze
    children blowing seeds
    nature fills their needs
    hold under chin to see
    how rich your life will be
    bottled bits of sunshine
    when harvested for wine
    Mom’s bouquet a smile
    please let them stay a while

    Linda Baie ©

    Happy Spring!

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  2. Such a great poem. I love hearing him read it. I’m participating for the first time in the progressive poem. I’m excited and nervous, too. I’m looking forward to following along and watching it unfold. Best of luck with nap time. Our daughter and granddaughter live with us. Our granddaughter started climbing out of her bed at around 15 months, so we had to transition her to a big girl bed very early. He’ll get there, mama. Just be persistant.

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  3. Rebecca, thanks for sharing the Hug o’ War audio reading. The poem is delightful. I am wondering why I never came upon it in Silverstein’s book (I own two of those books). As for the Progressive Poem, it is such a fun experience but I do admit that there is some tension involved. Will I choose the right words? Am I taking the poem down the right track?

    I left you this message at the book review site: Rebecca, your review creates excitement for the future reading of this book. I would enjoy different perspectives and I am sure all children would love the way it is presented. Thanks for sharing this charming book and the ending story that all of you gave each other a hug upon the close of the reading.

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  4. After reading your post and listening to Shel Silverstein reading his poem, I realized I don’t think I’ve ever heard his voice before! How can that be!? At any rate, thanks for that experience and for sharing an old favorite. Good luck with the transition!

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