Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky
I was first introduced to the works of Jack Prelutsky in my Children's Literature class, I took at Idaho State University. So, when I saw this book at my public library - Stardines Swim High Across the Sky I knew that I needed to make it a part of my Summer #BookaDay Challenge.
"The zoology may be suspect, but the laughs are guaranteed."—Publishers Weekly
My daughter and I read aloud this collection of poems about the sixteen creatures developed out of Prelutsky's creative mind. Things like: panteater (PANT-ee-ters), Slobsters (SLOB-stirs), Tattlesnake (TAT-ul-snake), and Plandas (PLAN-duz) to name a few of my favorites. I really like how he used nonsense words to assist students with their phonemic development. We shared many giggles, as we read through the words and looked at the paired images. After finished reading, we decided to come up with our own creative creatures. Similar to the book, we took an inanimate and animate objects:
Lily discovered an iceasaurus (ICE-A-SOAR-US) that makes, eats, and skates on ice! I have inspired her to try to write a poem about this creature today. I discovered (with assistance of my daughter) the bookafrog (BOOK-A-FROG) he or she sits in a pond and reads books 24/7! My poem would go something like this:
Here are a group of bookafrogs,
they sit and read upon these logs.
They don't do anything else, just take a look
their homes are filled only with picture books!
I could not imagine having any strife,
if I had a day of a bookafrog's life.
Our spontaneous activity in response to reading this book, has given me an idea for a simple writing and drawing lesson after sharing this story to my students. I wonder what other kinds of unknown creatures will be discovered in my classroom? This picture book supports the following Common Core State Standards: ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1,2,4,5,6,10; ELA-Literacy.RF.4.3,3a,4,4a,4a,4c; ELA-Literacy.L.4.3,4,5.