About a year ago, we were delighted to host Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell on the Poetry Teatime blog for an interview. Now, they are back again with their latest collection of poetry about one of our favorite topics: pets! Their new book Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book combines the helpful resources of their Poetry Friday series with fun new poems by a wide range of contemporary poets about our favorite nonhuman friends.
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Here’s what Julie had to say about Pet Crazy:
Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong are at it again! Friends of the Poetry Teatime blog and fans of poetry themselves, they've put together another book that is sure to delight children and inspire them to read and write poetry. This book is called Pet Crazy and capitalizes on the affection between children and their pets. There are activities, poems, illustrations, and suggested writing prompts. Enjoy!
As Julie mentions, the collection is packed with all sorts of tools to make the poems come to life and extend the learning beyond just one reading. Pet Crazy is full of quirky illustrations, lists of recommended websites and resources, tips for reading poems out loud, and even ideas for kids looking to publish their own writing!
If you love reading poetry during your Poetry Teatimes but would like to dig into each poem in a little more depth, this resource is a perfect place to start. Besides, who doesn’t like pets?
In fact, we liked Pet Crazy so much that we are offering a giveaway on Instagram. We have five copies available to our lucky winners! The contest entry method will be posted on Instagram soon, so keep an eye on @poetryteatime!
Of course, if you want to buy a copy for yourself, get it at this link. And be sure to follow Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s websites here and here to keep up to date on their fantastic collaborations!