Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rhymes for Kids

Hi All:

I've had a great idea from someone who suggested I mention rhyming sites for kids. The website she recommended is http://kidsfront.com/rhymes-for-kids.html called Rhymes for Kids, Short Rhymes, Nursery Rhymes - Kidsfront.com. This site offers many short rhymes you may remember singing as a child.

Other sites for rhymes are http://www.zelo.com/family/nursery/ for Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes; http://www.rhymes.org.uk/ which has Nursery Rhymes, lyrics, orgins and history, and includes a trivia quiz (very interesting!); and http://www.smart-central.com/, where you can select rhymes from a drop down menu based on alphabetical order by title.

Answers.com, defines nursery rhyme as follows: a traditional verse or set of verses chanted to infants by adults as an initiation into rhyme and verbal rhythm. Most are hundreds of years old, and derive from songs, proverbs, riddles, ballads, street cries, and other kinds of composition originally intended for adults, which have become almost meaningless outside their original contexts. Their exact origins are often obscure, although a few more recent examples are by known authors: ‘Mary had a little lamb’ was written by Sarah Josepha Hale in 1830. See also jingle, nonsense verse.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The First Thankgiving

"When the Pilgrims

first gathered together to share

with their Indian friends

in the mild autumn air,

they lifted their voices

in jubilant praise

for the bread on the table,

the berries and maize,

for field and for forest,

for turkey and deer,

for the bountiful crops

they were blessed with that year.

They were thankful for these

as they feasted away,

and as they were thankful,

we're thankful today."

From "It's Thanksgiving!" by Jack Prelutsky, Children's Poet Laureate

"Jack Prelutsky is the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate:

Consultant in Children's Poetry to the Poetry Foundation. He is the bestselling author of more than 30 books of humorous children's verse and the editor of several enormously popular poetry anthologies. Among his best-loved books are THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK, illustrated by James Stevenson, and THE DRAGONS ARE SINGING TONIGHT, illustrated by Peter Sis. He lives in Washington State. You can visit him online at www.jackprelutsky.com." - From "It's Thanksgiving!" by Jack Prelutsky.

We are big fans of this poetic genius. Please visit your local Long Beach Public Library for more Jack Prelutsky books of children's poetry.