Daily Archives: December 14, 2007

Poetry Friday: Loris Lesynski

I’ve already been asked by one of the young’ins, “Will we have homework over the holidays?” I was happy to reply, “No!” I don’t think kids need homework on a holiday any more than grown-ups do. This being said, it’s not over yet, and as the last week approaches, it’s getting harder and harder to squeeze work out of them. Homework feels like a losing battle.

This poem brought a smile to my face this week, as it captures what I’m sure a lot of kids feel right now:

Snowy Sunday with Homework

What is Toby doing?
Swimming in the snow?
He’s a dog and not a fish.
Perhaps he doesn’t know.
Diving in the snowdrifts
is the way he loves to play.
Toby doesn’t have to do
a book report today.

from 719zrjrymfl_ss500_.jpg Dirty Dog Boogie, by Loris Lesynski, published by Annick.

If you’re not familiar with the lovely Loris, swing past her website. Her poetry is a hoot. It’s got great bounce and cleverness, and Loris offers loads of fun ideas on her site to help teachers and parents and kids play around with poetry.