Blog posts tagged with 'Bruce Lansky'

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Oops! The zookeeper accidentally left the door to the monkey house unlocked. Curious to explore the zoo, a little monkey named Scout sets out to meet some other animals and learn some new tricks. Join Scout on this delightfully funny zoo adventure as he discovers how to use his own special talent.

Monkey See, Monkey Do is told in pictures; so children 3 to 6 can "read" the pictures and enjoy the story.

For the free User's Guide for Parents and Teachers that outlines how to use this Picture Reader to stimulate a child's imagination, visual awareness and story-telling skills, go to:

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BBC Radio 5 Live

Click to listen to Bruce's segment on royal baby names with Rhod Sharp on Up All Night last week. His segment starts at 25:11.

Baby Names in the News

For Bruce's latest musings on names and naming check out his blog, Baby Names in the News.

"Bring Back My Sister to Me"

Bring Back My Sister to Me

© copyright Bruce Lansky with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

How to Write a Talent-Show Poem

Talent Show

by Bruce Lansky

Like Robert Pottle's hilarious poem, "The Kindergarten Concert," a "talent-show" poem uses the same rhythm and rhyme pattern as "Miss Lucy Had a Turtle" and can be sung to the same tune.

Miss Lucy had a turtle.          (A-3) da DUM da DUM da DUM da

She called him Tiny Tim.      (B-3) da DUM da DUM da DUM 

She put him in the bathtub,   (C-3) da DUM da DUM da DUM da

To see if he could swim.       (D-3) da DUM da DUM da DUM

The letters listed in parentheses on the right reflect the rhyme pattern; it's an ABCB poem, which means that the last word in the 2nd line (Tim) rhymes with the last word in the 4th line (swim).The number 3 next to the letters means that there are 3 beats in each line. If you clap as you recite the poem, you'll notice that you clapped 3 times as you recited each line. Notice that the last word in the first and third lines have two syllables (DUM da) and the last words in the second and fourth lines have only one syllable (DUM).

Now that you know the rhythm and rhyme pattern and can hum the "Miss Lucy" tune, let's get to work describing your talented classmates. Write down the names of kids in your class who have funny or weird talents:

-Is there someone who sings much too loud?
(Let's call her Mimi or any name with two syllables.)

-Is there someone who can wiggle his ears?
(Let's call him Will or any name with one syllable.)

-Is there someone who can vibrate her eyes?
(Let's call her Jill or any name with one syllable.)

What other talents do your friends have? Is anyone double-jointed or flexible? Can someone burp the ABCs? Does someone's violin give you headaches because it's so squeaky? Can someone throw M&M's in the air and catch them in their mouth?

Add them to the list and try to write some funny new verses (with four lines). The test of each new 4-line verse is: 

1) Can you sing them to the same ("Miss Lucy") tune?
2) Do they have just enough syllables to fit the song?
3) Do they have 3 da DUMs in each line?
4) Does each 4-line verse have an ABCB rhyme pattern?

Here's a Talent Show poem I just wrote to give you an example of what yours might be like. As you can see, it helps to have surprise ending.

My Classmates Are So Talented

Our class put on a talent show.
I was the talent scout.
Our talents were so awful that
our parents all walked out.

Will was wiggling both his ears
He flapped them all around.
He hoped to fly to Paris
 but, could not get off the ground.

Mimi sang so loudly;  
we had to plug our ears.
Even so, her shrieking
had the audience in tears.

Jill vibrated both her eyes.
But it was hard to see.
When I got real close to look
she gave a kiss to me.

I'm planning the next talent show,
while riding on the bus.
We'll ask our teachers to perform.
I think they're worse than us. 

© copyright 2015 by Bruce Lansky.

This is just one of the useful Poetry Lessons in the "Poetry Class" section on  Find a lesson you like and write a poem during April (to celebrate Poetry Month).

"Yankee Doodle"

Yankee Doodle

© copyright Bruce Lansky and Linda Knaus from Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Authors in Schools

Authors in Schools

Check out the newly redesigned Authors in Schools website and invite poet and author Bruce Lansky to your school or event!

  • New programs and workshops for students and teachers.
  • New rates for 2015.
  • Book discounts for schools and students.

Bringing Bruce Lansky to your school gives your students and teachers the opportunity to meet one of America's most entertaining and inspiring authors. His interactive presentation style and entertaining poems motivate children to read, perform, and write their own poetry. By the time Bruce leaves the school, kids think reading and writing peotry are fun! Teachers tell him that students who had never been interested in reading and writing suddenly can't get their noses out of his books!

Click here to start planning your visit today!

Authors in Schools

"Peter, Peter, Sugar Eater"

Peter, Peter, sugar eater from Mary Had a Little Jam

© copyright Bruce Lansky from Mary Had a Little Jam with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.


Lovesick from If Pigs Could Fly...

© copyright Bruce Lansky from If Pigs Could Fly... with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm Sale

The 2015 Teachers' Choice Award is here!

Early Birdy Gets the Worm Teacher's Choice Award

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"Mary Had a Little Frog"

Mary Had a Little Frog from Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater

© copyright Bruce Lansky from Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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