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POETRY FOR THE VERY YOUNG
Poetry for very young children has a lot in common with poetry for older readers. It’s built word by word, as poetry has no room for extraneous words. It sounds good to the ear. It gives the reader a different way to look at the world by drawing attention very closely to something. Still, when writing for the very young, some things must be kept in mind.
Thank you for the positive commentary. I have always loved creating simple rhyming poems and inserting them in Christmas cards or using them as riddles to find hidden Easter baskets. I have a grandson approaching two years and he loves rhyming books. Your podcast triggered a thought of writing a poem or rhyming story to help him learn to say please and thank you. I am restarting my writing course after 19 years so it will be interesting to see how things go. Although retired, my volunteer card is punched to the max. I really don't have time to think, let alone write, but for some reason I feel God is calling me to try. My grandmother published a book at age 84 about her experiences raising seven children during the Depression on their Iowa farm. Let's hope I have some of her writing DNA.
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