Haiku

Haiku

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by Patricia Donegan
     
 

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In this multicultural children's book, readers will learn to create haiku—elegant and simple Japanese poems.

Haiku uses images from nature to make a statement or capture a moment. Haiku are short, but powerful expressions—making them easy and fun to write and share with your friends.

The activities in this book will show the seven keys to

Overview

In this multicultural children's book, readers will learn to create haiku—elegant and simple Japanese poems.

Haiku uses images from nature to make a statement or capture a moment. Haiku are short, but powerful expressions—making them easy and fun to write and share with your friends.

The activities in this book will show the seven keys to creating your own haiku, and will help you to get started, think up memorable words and images, and write the three short lines that make up a great haiku. With clear expressions and many examples, this is a great way to have fun while you explore the fascinating aspect of Japanese culture.

Kids will learn to write:

  • Their first haiku
  • Haiku about nature
  • Haibun—haiku with a short story
  • Haiga—haiku with a drawing
  • Renga—haiku written to friends.

About the Series:
The Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids series is the first series, aimed at readers ages 7-12, that provides a fun and educational introduction to Asian culture and art. Through hands on projects readers will explore each art—engaging in activities to gain a better understanding of each form.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A glossary and a haiku resource guide round out this excellent choice for children as well as teachers seeking fresh materials for poetry units." —Booklist
Publishers Weekly
Two books launch the Asian Arts and Crafts for Creative Kids series: Origami by Michael LaFosse, and Haiku by Patricia Donegan. The first title begins with an introduction with suggestions and sources for finding good origami paper, as well as a brief synopsis of terms, techniques and symbols, then demonstrates over one dozen origami projects. Haiku offers a history of the Japanese poetic form and numerous tools to get young poets writing their own. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These guides offer several simple projects laced together with instructions that are reinforced through repetition. Urging young poets to focus more on characteristic elements, topics, and spirit than on syllable counts, Donegan demonstrates five ways of creating haiku, both as solitary and group efforts. Her many examples range from Matsuo Basho's famous frog to a modern Canadian youngster's "small green growing things/in my old dirty locker/on my ham sandwich." Reproductions of Japanese artwork and children's paintings appear throughout, and generous lists of Web sites, magazines, and organizations are appended. LaFosse's 15 paper models, arranged in order of difficulty from an accordion-folded fan to the traditional crane, include single-piece and modular designs presented through clear, standard-symbol, step-by-step diagrams. Photos of the finished projects are included. Any connection with Asian culture in these titles is limited to occasional references to holiday customs or like snippets. Both contain slightly awkward, strictly decorative illustrations. Still, the books make inviting choices, either for thematic classroom units or for children looking for new ways to express their creativity.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804835015
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Series:
Asian Arts and Crafts For Creative Kids Series
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
601,712
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Donegan is a poet-translator and a recipient of a Fulbright Foundation grant. Her own works of poetry include Heralding the Milk Light, Without Warning, and Hot Haiku. She is also the author of Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master. She teaches at a university in Tokyo.

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