|S is for Sea Glass, by Richard Michelson and Doris Ettlinger|
S is for Sea Glass: A Beach Alphabet
Written by Richard Michelson
Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
Sleeping Bear Press, 2014
poetry, grades 2-5
Poetry, Ocean, Vacation
A is for Angel
When we're at the seashore the first thing I've planned
Is to lie really flat with my back to the sand.
I'll hold my arms close, then I'll stretch them out wide,
Sliding up overhead and back down to my side.
I'll sweep my legs outward, then swing them back straight,
Like I'm opening and closing a fairy-tale gate.
And when I stand up, Mom will say that she sees
The sand robes and wings of the angel in me.
S is for Sea Glass is the latest in the poetic alphabet series from Sleeping Bear. This book has a poem for every letter, in keeping with a beach theme. The author explores natural aspects of the beach, like the waves in winter, nautili, and jellyfish. His poems poke fun at vacationers and year-rounders alike. He captures the taste of the spray and the restlessness one begins to feel when it's time to pack for the shore. Mr. Michelson includes several forms of poetry including free verse.
|G is for Gull,|
art by Doris Ettlinger
I didn't mean to pick another poetry book this week, but I received S is for Sea Glass when it was released in January and have been itching for the right time to review it.
There is so much to love about this beautiful volume. The poems are clever and playful, especially L.
L is for Lighthouse
I don't want to be president and live inside the White House.
I'd rather be the resident key keeper of this lighthouse.
Mom's happy she's a doctor and my dad, he loves to teach.
But me, when I grow up, I never want to leave the beach.
And what can't be said about Doris Ettlinger's vibrant illustrations? Sloshing watercolors that mimic the wind and sea. Bright whites and glaring gold of the sun on the sand. Romping dogs and children, she's included them all.
If you're on the east coast, stop into one of these booksellers to get an autographed copy.
Fair Haven NJ - May 16, 3:30-4:30 pm at River Road BooksClinton NJ - May 17, 1-3 pm at the Clinton Book Shop
NYC - May 30, 12 - 1 pm, Book Expo America at the Javitz Center
Holmdel NJ - June 1, 1 - 2 pm at Barnes & Noble
Tinicum PA - July 12, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the Tinicum Arts Festival
|Wreath by Sue Gray|
2. Take watercolor lessons at the Mill, the illustrator's home and studio in New Jersey.
3. Craft this wire wrap beach glass wreath and other treasures found on Completely Coastal.
5. Spring is a lovely time to visit your favorite oceanside retreat. It's nothing like summertime, but every bit as magical.
6. Here are 30 more ways to put some poetry into your day.
7. Enjoy these other books from Richard Michelson, Doris Ettlinger, and Sleeping Bear Press.
|By Catherine Stier and Doris Ettlinger|
|By Carol Antoinette Peacock and Doris Ettlinger|
|By R. Michelson and Ron Mazellan|
|By Richard Michelson and E. B. Lewis|
|By Eileen Cameron and Doris Ettlinger|
|by Jerry Pallotta and Tom Leonard|