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Friday, October 18, 2013

Poetry Friday--Button Up!

Button up! It's getting to be that time of year when coats are no longer an option and socks are a necessity. Alice Schertle's book, Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes [811.54 SCH], is therefore a perfect poetry choice for an October day.

Here's my favorite poem from the book:
Hand-me-down Sweatshirt

I'm a hand-me-down sweatshirt
with zipper and hood.
I'm everyone's favorite
and still looking good.

I've been lost and recovered,
been torn and been sewn,
been dribbled on, tumbled in,
rained on and blown.

I started out Wendell's,
was passed down to May,
she passed me to Karly,
I'm Andrew's today.

So zip up my zipper
and pull up my hood.
I'm a friend of the family
and still looking good.

"Hand-me-down Sweatshirt," like all the others in the collection, are told from the point of view of the article of clothing. This book would be an excellent choice for a teacher trying to teach the concept of "personification" to kids.

Another reason to look for the book is to enjoy the illustrations of Petra Mathers, they are simply fun--just look at the cover!

Zip up and head over to the Poetry Friday Round-Up being held by Cathy at Merely Day By Day.


  1. Can't wait to check this out!

  2. Looks like a great book. I just recently read a poem by Alice Schertle with my students, about Monopoly.

  3. I'm impressed that this "heirloom piece" is still looking good after all that!

  4. I know this book and this poem. It's a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting! My library blog doesn't get a lot of comments normally, so I don't check it much on the weekends. What a pleasant Sunday surprise!