The Wiggles they start in the feet
The wiggles they start in the feet
They move all around
To the knees and the toes
and up to da nose
But don’t ya know,
The wiggles they start in the feet.
-Mrs. Karl T. Cooper, Jr.
What book do you wish to hear? Sing-song! Sing-song!
What poet do you love best Dear? Rossetti! Rossetti!
Oh, let me read along!
-Mrs. Karl T. Cooper, Jr.
I just finished reading Sing-Song to my girls. It’s a wonderful book of poetry by Christina Rossetti. We have the Dover edition which really is quite nice. However, I was surprised to see such a high price on amazon and began looking for other editions. Here are a few more I found :
Sing-Song Hardcover 1924 edition
-Mrs Karl T. Cooper, Jr.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. Deuteronomy 32:2
Cool drops felt
I cross myself.
But your tender,
at the small rain.
-Mrs. Karl T. Cooper Jr.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is an amazing read. While I don’t agree with many of his solutions, the terrible and largely unforeseen consequences of Fast Food and Big agriculture are brought to light (and it’s not just about health concerns). Like it or not, the fast food industry has changed the way we farm, eat, advertise and shop. Throughout the book Scholosser seems to be pushing for unions and more government regulations to solve these problems but in the end it’s about getting people to opt out on a large scale. It’s informative, gripping, disturbing and yet he also maintains a sense of humor- Investigative journalism at it’s best.
I’ve read her first book Frost in May last year and found her storytelling simple and completely engrossing. The second book, The Lost Traveller, is just as engaging and accessible as the first, the characters absorbing and writing clear. I am waiting for the heartbreak though. You sense a tragic tone from the onset.
I’m also reading (thoroughly skimming?) Nourishing Traditions, rereading Woods Etc., avoiding journaling and in denial about my lack of interest in Theodore Roethke’s poetry, despite my love for his poem the Root Cellar.
My husband’s nightstand, however, remains focused and avoids such disillusionments:
What’s on your nightstand this month?
I found your Rosary
in the children’s room
Lying there between
A.A. Milne and Madeline.
Yesterday it got mixed in the laundry
It scraped the washer’s insides
As I slid it up to kiss and slip it
In my apron’s pocket.
At night you ask
Where’s . . .
And I reach out my hand to you,
Extending her mantel,
knit brows smooth a bit
and we begin again,
rose after rose forming a crown
studded with chants:
(You know it better than me. )
and then our litany
We finish at the cross.
Tired from contemplation,
you set down the beads.
-Mrs. Karl T. Cooper, Jr.
Our Lady embraces her crucified Son, their cheeks touching as in the icon of loving kindness. Christ in majesty appears against a red and blue background with bold lines that echo the contours of a tulip, angels swirl so speedily around Him that their faces become watery reflections. Sts. Anne and Joachim embrace at the Golden Gate, in front of their marriage bed. From their meeting at Jerusalem’s wall to the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, the mysteries of Christ’s life unfold, in a long wall of pictures, a sequence of scenes that recalls pre-regularization versions of the rosary. Joined icon screens extend like accordions. Rows and rows of saints fill pictorial calendars of the liturgical year.
A friend told me about the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, Massachusetts years ago and now it’s my turn to recommend it. If you are a Western Christian, you will breathe with your second lung. You will enter many hushed mansions of the centuries since Christ. Your soul will steep in the colors of the world to come.
And you may even see a unicorn!
This is a great little reader. In the front it has a very handy list of the 107 words used inside. The book itself contains famous little poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, some short stanzas from Tennyson and some famous nursery rhymes. I must admit having my daughter practice reading from this was a nice break from the Dr. Seuss and Frog and Toad readers. The Rhyme and meter seem to help beginners anticipate the next word, making their reading voice smoother and less labored. The selected verses are very accessible to small children, the illustrations are well matched. My only complaint was it’s brevity which is hardly a complaint at all.
Dogs & Dragons Trees & Dreams is currently out of print which is a pity. Karla Kuskin (Author of Roar and More) has complied some of her poems for children to create a great introduction to poetry. Throughout the book she gives quick synopses and talks a bit about poetry. Her commentary is informative, concise and easy to skip over if you just want the poetry to speak for itself. (She even gives you permission to ignore them.) In this book you’ll be happy to find funny poems, somber poems, romping poems, nature poems, narrative poems, descriptive poems, even counting poems.