Thursday, December 1, 2011

Winter Eyes

What I Love About Winter
Frozen lakes
Hot pancakes
Lots of snow
Hot Cocoa
Skates and Skis
Evergreen trees
Funny Hats
Sunset blaze
Snowball fights
Fireplace nights
Chimneys steaming
Winter dreaming

by Douglas Florian

What I Hate About Winter

Frozen toes
Running nose
Sloppy slush
Holiday crush
15 below
Shoveling snow
Leafless trees
Cough and wheeze
Shorter day
Less time to play
Salt-spreading tractors
Windchill factors
No place to go -
Winter is slow

by Douglas Florian

The above poems are from the book Winter Eyes which is a collection of poems and paintings by Douglas Florian. We've been reading through his series of seasonal collection of poems starting with Summersaults and still needing to conclude with Handsprings but I couldn't wait any longer to share these wonderful poetry books! The other book in this series is Autumnblings. I've been searching for great poetry books for me and the kids to enjoy and we have found them. These are relatable for the youngest of readers yet meaningfully and well written. They are funny. They capture the beauty and subtlety of the season. They flow from your tongue as you read as poetry should. The art work is quirky, unique and charming. Again very relatable to a child and is wonderfully simple. I hope to sprinkle some of favorite poems from these books here and there in my posts to bring some cheer to your day and mine! And I will be posting more of our favorite poetry books by Douglas Florian in the future as well.


  1. I'm not big on poetry because it's usually so....boring and totally unrelatable. BUT, I really enjoyed the poems you posted. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u
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