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Friday, October 11, 2013

Poetry Friday--Girls!

Today, October 11, is the International Day of the Girl.

It's basically a day to take a stand and to say all the world's girls are entitled to an education. According to CARE, there are more than 32 million girls who don't have the opportunity to go to school!

We have several books of poetry about and by girls and women:

All by Herself: 14 Girls Who Made a Difference: Poems by Ann Whitford Paul [J 811 PAU].

A Poem of Her Own: Voices of American Women Yesterday and Today [YA 811.008 POE].

She's All That!: Poems about Girls [J 811.008 SHE].

This lovely, lively, little poem is found in She's All That!:
Lisa
by Beverly McLoughland

Lisa’s father is
Black
And her mother is
White,
And her skin is a
Cinnamon
Delight,
Her hair is
Dark
And her eyes are
Light,
And Lisa is
Lisa,
Day and
Night.
And Lisa is
Lisa,
Night and
Day,
Though there are
People
Who sometimes
Say--
Well, is Lisa
That,
Or is Lisa
This?--
Lisa is
Everything
She is.
Lisa is
Lisa,
Day and
Night,
And her skin is a
Cinnamon
Delight,
And Lisa is
Sun
And Lisa is
Star,
And Lisa is
All
The dreams that
Are.

Laura Purdie Salas: Writing the World for Kids will be hosting the Round-Up today. Do stop by!





4 comments:

  1. Wow--I've read She's All That--but not since probably the year it came out. I love the beat and succinctness of this, and how there's whimsy and beauty in it even though there's no single extra word.

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  2. I need to find these and see if one of them is a long-lost book I wanted to get but failed to make note of the title! Thanks!

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  3. "Lisa is Everything she is." Perfect.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, ladies. I'm glad you like the poem; there's something to be said for terseness, isn't there?

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