If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems

If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems

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by Brian P. Cleary, Andy Rowland
     
 

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What is a haiku? It sounds like a sneeze. And isn't a lantern a light source? Actually, they are two types of ancient Japanese poetry. Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how each form works—and shows how these little poems can contain big surprises!

If It Rains Pancakes is packed with poems to make you chuckle, puzzle, and ponder. And when

Overview

What is a haiku? It sounds like a sneeze. And isn't a lantern a light source? Actually, they are two types of ancient Japanese poetry. Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how each form works—and shows how these little poems can contain big surprises!

If It Rains Pancakes is packed with poems to make you chuckle, puzzle, and ponder. And when you’ve finished reading, you can try your hand at writing your own haiku and lanterns!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
Clever, unique renditions of particular Japanese poem forms are generously illustrated with delightful humor and warmth to provide a lively assortment for any student. There is no limit to one’s imagination or the level of understanding as topics range from sweet innocence to grossness and incredible metaphors. With characteristic flair the prolific author delivers quite a celebration featuring these shorter types of poetry in two separate sections of the colorful book. Each poem has either a one word title or brief phrase that identifies the topic. Kids and grownups alike dive into everyday life such as autumn, sneezes, gum, ducks, slush, yummy, bus, colors, hugs, and April. Older readers ponder slightly more abstract concepts like making decisions (to take a nap or work on Spanish homework?), lingering outdoors to hear nature’s concert (frogs and wrens), asking a few honest questions (about loud babies or a person’s mind), and even touching on a bit of history (Philadelphia, birthplace of America). Haiku and lantern poems are clearly modeled with instructions to create many more, either as a fun read aloud or for direct instruction among small groups. In addition, a helpful Table of Contents connects a variety of themes with resource lists of “Further Reading” and “Websites.” Reviewer: Susan Treadway; Ages 4 up.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-17
An engaging lantern poem and haiku how-to for young readers. Veteran children's series author Cleary (Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What Are Irregular Plurals? with Brian Gable, 2014, etc.) and British illustrator Rowland team up to launch the new Poetry Adventures series with a picture book demonstrating the great fun to be had with wee poems. While poets typically choose the spare haiku or concrete lantern form to communicate profound reflections on nature, here Cleary turns poetic convention on its ear by conjuring silly, sometimes-hilarious situations. Whether describing a bodily function, as in "Yummy"—"When something's so good / you want to taste it again, / that's what burps are for"—or poking fun at the haiku form itself—"When you've written one / without enough syllables, / you add words. Football"—Cleary's light touch immediately grabs attention. Even the more contemplative lantern poems, so called because the five-line syllabic form's outline slightly resembles that of a Japanese lantern, are perfectly geared for the young: "Hug: / a gift / that is best / when you return / it." To further entice readers to write, Cleary provides clear descriptions of the poetics of each form alongside Rowland's vibrant, brightly hued illustrations that include a nicely ethnically diverse cast of human characters as well as zany aliens and plenty of visual wit. Wonderfully crafted and illustrated: a delightful, effective primer for budding poets. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467716093
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Series:
Poetry Adventures
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,030,336
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Math Is CATegorical® series, the Adventures in Memory™ series, the Sounds Like Reading® series, the Food Is CATegorical™ series, the Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, and the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, including Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?, How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?, and To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? He is also the author of Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book, The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor, The Punctuation Station, Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes: And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Do You Know Dewey? Exploring the Dewey Decimal System. In addition to his work as a children's author, Mr. Cleary has served as a tutor in an adult literacy program. To make the rainy days pass as a child in northern England, Andy Rowland used to draw matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs on the walls of a coal shed with a piece of coal. Thus began his interest in art. While studying for a degree in Manchester, he accepted his first drawing award, the MacMillan Children's Book Prize. Years later, with over 20 published books under his belt, he has his own coal shed. He still lives in the rainy north of England. 

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If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This book tells you all about the ancient poetry forms of Haiku and the lesser known Lantern form of poetry.  These short poems are deliberate, non-rhyming and pack a punch.  The precise syllables that each line requires to fit the format of these poems will make you think, ponder and finally succeed in writing your own versions if you so desire.  I love the fact that the author uses humour and sometimes touching scenarios of different kids in their daily life just doing what kids do best....being kids. Your child can definitely relate to what the book-kids are up to.  These settings make this form of poetry not only enjoyable to read but encourages the reader to find a subject he enjoys and then create a haiku or lantern poem to write too.  Rowland's kid-friendly illustrations with their bright colours, expressive emotions and entertaining action just draw kids into the poetry.   The author adds websites to visit and a book list that gives a more in-depth experience regarding this form of poetry at the end of the book. I loved the book. It was fun and quirky and made me laugh.  I had no idea about the Japanese lantern form of poetry and now I do.  You are never too old to learn something new.  Thank you Brain P. Cleary for enlightening me.  I am off now to create a Lantern poem because I have been inspired, and I know I too can write one if I put my mind to it.