A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Joan Rankin [J 811.6 RUD] is the perfect collection to read after a walk in the now color-laden woods. Ruddell includes all the senses in the 22 poems that are included--from the sense of smell in the poem, "Eau de Forest: A Woodsy Cologne," from which the book's title is taken, to the sense of hearing in "Woodpecker Feud," to one of the more nontraditional human senses, the sense of wonder!
Here's "October Surprise Party" for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
Above my head a robin singsI hope you read this one out loud, it's full of alliteration and fun to hear.
a shy hello and flaps her wings.
She whistles to a waiting squirrel,
who give his fuzzy tail a twirl
and bounces on a flimsy branch,
which starts a leafy avalanche
of red and gold from every tree,
as if they've planned it all for me.
Head over to Biblio File for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.