Poetry is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the magic of words. The rhyming of the words and the rhythm patterns make words fun. Rita Ann Fleming has written a delightful book, full of everyday experiences that kids can relate to—subjects like getting gum in your hair, the tooth fairy, and the stresses caused by siblings. The book is divided into sections, including humor and angst about family, school, grandparents, and animals.
Because the poems are written by a grandmother, the connections described between the generations are universal. What a special time when a grandmother plays a game with a grandchild, or grandfather teaches one how to repair something. These are special moments for both the child and the grandparent, and artfully captured with humor and affection.
Captivating illustrations enrich the pages, adding a sense of whimsy to each poem. The facial expressions are especially amusing. Teachers, parents, and grandparents will enjoy sharing these funny, yet insightful poems, with youngsters of all ages.
Jane R. Wood is the author of Schools: A Niche Market for Authors and an award-winning series of chapter books: Voices in St. Augustine, Adventures on Amelia Island, Trouble on the St. John’s River, Ghosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.