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Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed From A Single Word

Raczka, Bob (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed From A Single Word
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Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle - this brand new poetic form turns word puzzles into poetry.
Authors: Raczka, Bob
Title: Lemonade, and other poems squeezed from a single word
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 43 p. :,col. ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Bob Raczka ; illustrations by Nancy Doniger
Summary: Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle - this brand new poetic form turns word puzzles into poetry.
Additional Contributors: Doniger, Nancy
ISBN: 1596435410
9781596435414
Branch Call Number: j 811.6 R123L 2011
Subject Headings: Children's poetry, American
Topical Term: Children's poetry, American
LCCN: 2010024807
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Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle - this brand new poetic form turns word puzzles into poetry.


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Jul 16, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Poetry Month comes around kids get bombarded with the same haiku or the same limerick assignments over and over again. I like to believe that Mr. Raczka might do something to change all of that. His is a book that inspires. You almost want to take your own first and last name after reading it and make poems out of those letters yourself. So thank you, Mr. Raczka, for bringing to light a great new poetic format. For inspiring adults and kids alike to write and create.

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 16, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Take a word. Now find as many words as you can out of that word. Now take those words and make a cohesive, coherent, and downright good poem. Impossible? Not if you ask Bob Raczka. Inspired by poet Andrew Russ’s “one-word poems”, Raczka manages to find and write twenty-two such poems. Sometimes they are short (the poem “friends” really just boils down to “fred finds ed”). Sometimes they are longer than you’d expect (“spaghetti” starts with “papa has a pasta appetite”). And in each poem you have to read the letters as they appear under their starting words on one page, and then in order as a normal poem on the next. A clever literary technique yields even cleverer little poems. This is a premise that surpasses its initial gimmick.

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