#RubyTubeDay Poetry ‘A Train Ride to Brum’

#RubyTubeDay YouTube video of ‘A Train Ride to Brum’

A Train Ride To Brum.

The train rumbles & rolls
over rusty rails.
Gazing from the window,
I watch.
Seeing lush green embankments
which fade down
to dull, dark, dusty wasteland.
The trees once tall and majestic
now look sad and depleted.
They are small and skeletal,
like anorexic teenagers.
No blossom as yet fills these trees,
they currently bloom with a spectacular display of
plastic carriers,
and a vast array of other exotic waste foliage.
Reaching to the heavens they forever seek solace
in the warm spring sun.

Copyright © Rose English 2004

 

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Petrifying Picture Books!

#Halloween treats much better than sweets! Click the link below to check out some wonderful Petrifying Picture Books! Shared by Library Girl & Book Boy

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I have to confess that not all of these picture books are petrifying but they do contain some seriously spooky characters as well as cracking stories!

82AFACA9-0D3E-4CF7-AE83-3103DD5B22A0Where’s Mrs Witch?’ by Ingela P Arrhenius (Nosy Crow)

A special spooky edition joins one of my favourite board books series. This one sees a whole host of Halloween favourites hiding behind felt flaps just waiting to be discovered. The most terrifying face is to be discovered peeping out of the mirror on the very final page!

Such a great, tactile series designed to withstand a good chew from your little monsters.

017AEFB4-7373-4D44-BDB6-63BB45D314F971C003B0-591B-4B32-8501-C6F63FE1589BDracula Spectacular,’ by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Ben Mantle (Macmillan)

It’s tough fitting in with a vampire family when you’d rather wear colours and glitter than dreary, dreadful black. As Dracula Boy flies through the streets at night, all the other children are frightened of him, but he just wants…

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#RubyTubeDay Poetry ‘Chocolate Treats’

#RubyTubeDay YouTube video of ‘Chocolate Treats’

Chocolate Treats
Here is a list
of chocolate treats,
from savoury
to sickly sweet.
How about some
ginger crumble?
Or try our sticky
Turkish mumble.
Perhaps white frothy
lemon tickle,
sprinkled with
choc cherry pickles?
Try chocolate with
our hazelnut fizz,
or maybe with
a raspberry whizz.
Lavender honey,
with a chocolate haze.
Or buttercup bon bons
for sunny days.
Our chocolate
pomegranate pips,
are sharp and tasty
on your lips.
Chocolate lavender
rainbow kisses,
or delicate fluffy
choc rhubarb wishes.
Try chocolate with
some rosemary and thyme,
sprinkled with
a dash of lime.
Pinky white chocolate
is our violet frost.
With crystallised petals,
it looks embossed.
Chocolate thread
through a maple crackle,
is an easy dish
to tackle.
Or if your tooth
is not so sweet,
why not try
a savoury treat?
Cheddar cheese
is sure to please,
when wrapped up
in a chocolate breeze.
Or perhaps a chocolate
covered brie,
washed down with our
chocolate and blackberry tea.
A delicate white chocolate
yarrow parfait,
is not only tasty,
but keeps sickness at bay.
To encourage sleep
within a blink,
wild parsnip in
a chocolate drink.
Will help to lull you
into sleep,
without the need
to count those sheep.
Now close your eyes
and visualise
our mini chocolate
butterflies.

Copyright © Rose English April 2018

Hope you enjoyed this little list of chocolate treats.

Happy Reading.

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#NationalPoetryDay 03 ‘The Big Bad Wolf’

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Well we hope you are enjoying #NationalPoetryDay don’t forget to visit the website for more information about the day and check out what is happening in your area. Are you still smiling, or maybe you have not checked out ‘Highly Contagious’ on the previous blog post?

The Big Bad Wolf

#RubyTubeDay Poetry ‘The Big Bad Wolf’

The Big Bad Wolf
came out to play,
with three little piggy’s
for the day.

First he would huff
and then give a puff,
to blow their house down
but the last was too tough.

When Sunday came round
He was really quite bored.
he fancied a change,
and a chance for reward.

He decided to help,
re-build the pigs houses.
So he set off to work,
in check shirt and brown trousers.

Wolf smiled as he worked,
and sang a sweet song.
The pigs were impressed,
and they all sang along.

As they all worked together,
the house was soon finished.
The pigs gave their thanks
yet Wolf’s mood had diminished

An idea came to mind, and a sly smile crossed his lips
as he left with their thanks, and them calling him winner.
But standing outside he took one giant breath,
And with a huff and a puff, there was roast pork for dinner.

Beware of the Big Bad Wolf, make sure he does not come to blow your house down. Call back later for more poems. Don’t forget to SMILE!

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#NationalPoetryDay 02 Highly Contagious

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Smile it's Contagious

#RubyTubeDay Poetry ‘Highly Contagious’

It’s too late,
I’ve caught it,
the blame is on you.
I said “It’s contagious.”
So what do you do,
your smile it just broadens
I’m taken right in,
and now I have caught it
your great cheeky grin.
Highly Contagious!

Why not try it for yourself, see how many smiles you can catch today. Happy Reading.

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Call back later for more poems.

Don’t forget to SMILE!

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#NationalPoetryDay 25th Anniversary

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Celebrate Poetry on Thursday 3rd October 2019

Today is the 25th Anniversary of #NationalPoetryDay to find out more click the banner above. The theme for today is Truth. But we are sharing our great love of poetry and Miss Ruby Heart will be reading some of our poems on her YouTube Channel.

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So the first selection of the day is three mini poems 2 in a limerick style. We hope you enjoy them. If you have a limerick share it in the comments below. If you enjoy the YouTube channel please follow and #SpreadTheWord. Thank you.

No Birds.

No birds were there singing this morning,
as the new day around us was dawning.
It’s raining outside,
in their nests they do hide,
snuggled up in their down and just yawning.

Rainbows.

Today I am the soft summer rain,
You are my sweet golden sunshine.
Together we’ll build us a rainbow,
to last, a life time.

The Birds.

I heard the birds singing since dawn.
So I rose from my bed with a yawn,
as I stepped out my door
I said “Please sing some more.
Then I’ll join you for drinks on the lawn”.

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Poems To Fall In Love with

Today sharing news #NationalPoetryDay #PoetryDayUK is this coming Thursday 3rd October 2019 and I urge you to go check out this beautiful blog over on the Red Reading Hub. If you are looking for a selection of poetry to share with children the beautifully illustred collection by Chris Riddell is worth thinking about. Click the link below to visit Jill’s page with illustration samples.

Red Reading Hub - Jillrbennett's Reviews of Children's Books

Poems To Fall In Love With
chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell
Macmillan Children’s Books

I’d already fallen in love with a good number of the poems Chris Riddell has included in this superb collection, but finding them here is still as much a joy as discovering the unfamiliar ones he’s chosen.

One of the latter in the first section Love and Friendship is Neil Gaiman’s Locks, inspired by the story of the Three Bears. It begins and ends, ‘We owe it to each other to tell stories.’ Powerful and very moving it was written by Gaiman for his then very young daughter.

Another new one to delight me was A.F.Harrold’s Postcards From The Hedgehog. The prickly writer is Simon and in his second card he writes this: ‘Dear Mum, / Lovely weather today. / I saw a really pretty girl. / Not sure how to approach her…

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