I taught Children's literature for over a decade while serving on the faculty at George Washington University in Washington D.C. A very enjoyable aspect of my preparations entailed regular visits to the Library of Congress to check out every children's book I could get my hands on, for the purpose of identifying the highest quality children's books for different ages. Browsing through the read-aloud books for the younger set was a particular treat. Usually I could feel a connection or disconnection in the first few pages. Invariably the read-aloud that drew me into their world were inviting in terms of language, message, illustrations and opportunities for interacting with the story.
The Flying Pig has it all. This deceptively simple rhyming tale flows effortlessly, just begging to be read aloud. Edie's choice of words is impeccable and manages to hit notes of truth all along the way, underscoring a central theme that is worthy of all ages: you will create what you desire if you believe you can. Supporting all this are uncomplicated line-drawing illustrations, which not only invite children to color them in, but also to go beyond by giving artistic expression to their own highly imaginative and whimsical heart's desire. All in all, this makes for a delightful and worthwhile read-aloud experience. I am certain The Flying Pig would have made the final cut for my list of recommended children's books. Lynne Putnam, Ed.D.
Other poems by the author winning awards and contests sponsored by The Poetry Society of Vermont. Comments by the judges are also included.
The Messy Elves: Winner of the Mary Margaret Audette Memorial award 2015
The Garden Gnome:
1."This reader laughed at this limerick . It's fun and the idea consistently developed."
2. "Clever and fun. I love limericks."
3. " I love a deft limerick."
1. "I like the rhyming and the four beat lines, some trochaic some iambic. Nice light verse."
2. "What a clever idea! The poem is fun to read and on the whole, hangs together well..."
3. " Nice bit of light verse concerning a "what if" idea. This could be shortened into a nursery rhyme with a new twist."
4. "Entertaining whimsy; generally well rhymed and rhythmic."
Comments for other poems not
selected as winners.
Murder in The First:
1. "A clever poem, fun to read and greatly enriched by unforced, well chosen rhymes."
2. " This light verse could make Ogden Nash smile."
3. "A fun limerick with slightly irregular rhyme mixing iambs and anapests. Nice rhymes."
1. "This poet has a clever idea and the rhyme in this poem is important, carrying the reader from verse to verse..."
2. " Engaging idea and lilt. I enjoyed the offhand humor..."
3. "Nice rhymes. The short diameter lines give the poem a bumpy feel that fits with the speaker's indecision and procrastination."
4. "What a clever verse. Simple! Clear! Rhythmic! Well rhymed! And so true. I certainly enjoyed your poem. Nice.
5. "Clever poem about procrastination."