Poetry Friday – Finding Baba Yaga

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 Buffy’s Blog to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.

Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! I am writing this a few days early as we leave to drive to Tennessee later in the week to visit family. This will be the first road trip we have done since potty training our toddler. Here’s to safe driving conditions and dry undies the whole way!

Since I am prepping for the trip, I don’t have any new poetry to share. But I do have a beautiful novel in verse that I have been reading.

Finding Baba Yaga
by Jane Yolen
(Tor, 2018)

Finding Baba Yaga opens with these lines:

You think you know this story.
You do not.

And the story takes off from there. It is a modern fairy tale about a girl who learns how to take control of her own fate. I always love Jane Yolen’s work and this novel in verse is excellent. I also have a soft spot for Baba Yaga stories as my first published poem was about the Baba Yaga.

The idea of writing a whole novel is verse is both daunting and amazing. I have really been enjoying reading them lately. So if you have any recommendations, leave in the comments below. I’d love to check them out.

See everyone next week!

10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday – Finding Baba Yaga

  1. Happy travels! It’s amazing how much dry undies on the whole family can make/break a vacay. Enjoy your travels. I need to read this book! My first love was fairy tales. If you haven’t read/listened to The Poet X, yet, I think it’s incredible.


  2. I have a whole shelf of verse novels in my classroom! My most recent favorite is OTHER WORDS FOR HOME by Jasmine Warga.

    Thanks again for the fabulous poem swap poem/package!


  3. Thanks for sharing this book! Have a wonderful vacation!
    Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com


  4. Thanks for the heads up about this. I love novels in verse and fairytale retellings, so this is one I’ll read. I’ve just put a hold on it at my library!


  5. Safe travels. (Those were the years my daughter learned her own power–she could bring the van to a halt for a potty break with the magic words, “I have to go now.” I love Jane Yolen, but do not know Baba Yaga. I think I need a trip to the library! Most of my favorite novels in verse are older–anything by Ellen Hopkins, The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titantic.


  6. Rebecca, Kat is right. The cover is intriguing and Jane Yolen is such a great writer. Thanks for sharing this find. Hope that your trip will prove to be a pleasant and dry one.


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