Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My Son's Book Debut

I'm having a proud mama moment :-)  My son, whom you often hear me talk about on my blog, has followed in his mother's footsteps.  Today, my son and his fourth grade class debuted their poetry and artwork as an end-of-the-year writing project in the form of their very own book!  The title is 23 of the Best Poems Ever, which I'm inclined to say they are.  Of course, that's not a fair review; I am obviously insanely biased.
These kids are talented, if I do say so myself.  This miniature "anthology" if you will is littered with poems about baseball, BMX bikes, flowers, moms, and Rita's icecream.  The innocence in each poem is what makes each entry brilliant, unique, and refreshingly original.  The illustrations coupled with each poem is classic elementary school awesomeness, as you can tell by the cover, and some of this work is deliciously hilarious!  I couldn't be more thrilled!

Take my son's poem for example, simply titled "Mustache".  The tale of woe is spun from the first person point-of-view of the mustache, lamenting being buffed, chafed, and dirtied by "corn dogs, hot dogs, even dogs", and finally, the inhumane death of said 'stache when shredded by the "dark sharp bladed machinery" its owner refuses to be careful with.

Yet another child describes a dream he's had of being a superhero flying over his city saving lives.  Another poem talks of a young girl's father and his new mechanical bull; the illustration makes said bull look very...bull-like.  And then, you see the incredible insight these youngsters have in poems like "Love", describing that all the angst of love "doesn't matter, as long as you love you."  Needless to say, I'm in awe of my baby and his talented classmates.  I will cherish this keepsake forever.

If you want to purchase a copy of 23 of the Best Poems Ever, you can email me at info@raynettastocks.com.  A portion of the proceeds go to my son's elementary school.

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