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A Crow Doesn't Need A Shadow: A Guide to Writing Poetry from Nature / Edition 1

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Overview

"Each generation of young people, it seems, is further removed from nature, from the wind that 'rubs its chin on the trees' and the ducks that 'slip through the quiet pond like raindrops.' With the grace and wisdom of a true teacher, Lorraine Ferra shows us all the way back." --Don Stap, author of A Parrot Without a Name and Letter at the End of Winter.

"These writing experiences give children (and adults) safe allowance to become quiet and tap into their inner wealth of being. I have seen miracles blossom from kids I least expected to respond. In a world of growing disquiet and alienation, this book offers us a welcomed calm and focused energy." --Judy Friesem, environmental educator, Olympic Park Institure, Port Angeles, Washington

"In a spirit of exploration, A Crow Doesn't Need a Shadow contains a series of invitations for readers to look out upon their own landscapes and to write the important themes of their lives." --Richard Harmston, Utah State Office of Education; Co-director, Utah Writing Project

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879056001
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/19/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,440,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorraine is teacher with an unusual ability to stimulate young writers.
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Open the Door: An Invitation to Readers

Over three hundred years ago, the poet Matsuo Basho said, "To learn about a tree, go to a tree." Basho was considering more than the scientific facts you learn about trees. He was suggesting that the creatures of the natural world speak a language, one perhaps different from yours, but one you can understand if you listen with your imagination.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Open the Door: An Invitation to Readers

Poetry Field Trips

Wildflowers

Weather

Birds and Other Animals

Building a Nature Wordscape

Keeping a Nature Journal

Other Explorations

Wandering, Noticing, and Writing

Finding a Companion in Nature

Creating a Landscape

Become Your Surroundings

Colors in the Natural World

Dreaming Up a Place

Nature in Your Hand

Rhythms in the World and in Words

Growing a Poem Naturally

Anthology

A Note to Educators

Acknowledgments

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