selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
illustrated by Karen Barbour
Ages 6 & up, 32 pages
Wonderful Words is a collection of fifteen short poems regarding words, books, reading, and writing. Each poem is on a double page with bright colorful pictures. These poems spark an interest to create poems, build words, and excite about reading. I’ll be honest, I don’t use poetry often. I probably enjoyed half of the poems, but it’s a great book to use when teaching poetry and a fun way to creatively explore words. Words Free as Confetti by Pat Mora provides descriptive words for feelings and colors while introducing Spanish words.Words Free as Confetti by Pat Mora Come, words, come in your every color. I’ll toss you in storm or breeze. I’ll say, say, say you, taste you sweet as plump plums, bitter as old lemons. I’ll sniff you, words, warm as almonds or tart as apple-red, feel you green and soft as new grass, lightwhite as dandelion plumes, or thorngray as cactus, heavy as black cement, cold as blue icicles, warm as abuelita’s yellowlap. I’ll hear you, words, loud as searoar’s purple crash, hushed as gatitos curled in sleep, as the last goldlullaby. I’ll see you long and dark as tunnels, bright as rainbows, playful as chestnutwind. I’ll watch you, words, rise and dance and spin. I’ll say, say, say you in English, in Spanish, I’ll find you. Hold you. Toss you. I’m free too. I say yo soy libre, I am free free, free free as confetti. abuelita: grandmother gatitos: kittens yo soy libre: I am free.