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Friday, November 15, 2013

Poetry Friday--Words with Wings

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes [J GRI] is a slender novel in verse that packs a wallop of a punch. It's the story of a girl, Gabby, whose family is torn apart by divorce. The divorce results in a move, a change of school, and emotional turmoil for Gabby.

Gabby's defining characteristic is her daydreaming. Random words set her mind off, but, not everyone understands the power or need for daydreams.
First Day

I duck down in the seat
of my new class.
To these kids,
I'm not Gabby yet.
I'm just Shy Girl
Who Lives
Inside Her Head.
No one even knock
on the door
for a visit.
They don't know
it's beautiful
in here.
Observant readers will pick up on the fact that Gabbie's word-inspired daydreams appear in a different font.

Say "spring,"
and I am bouncing
on the balls of my feet
in a field of wildflowers
while April showers
tickle me
till I am slippery
as a snake
and soaked straight through.
It's a great little book for classroom use or to give to a child who may be going through some rough times.

By the way, The Atlantic recently posted an article called, "Teach Kids to Daydream" by Jessica Lahey. "Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious." It's worth reading!

For the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week, head over to Jama's Alphabet Soup!


  1. "I'm just Shy Girl who lives inside her head"...I like that. I know her.

  2. I love novels in verse and was fascinated with Nikki Grimes' Dark Sons when we had that theme. I should look for this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The book is a quick read, but it will stick with you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Donna and Myra.