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Hailstones and Halibut Bones (1961)

by Mary O'Neill

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This poetry book is about the colors of the spectrum. My two favorite poems are about the colors purple and green. The purple poem talks about time is purple just before night and how it is a beautiful sight. Purple is a bruise, next day will tell where you land and fell. The green talks about the grass and the leaves, and what the country feels like. It gives this warmth of happiness when reading it.

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This is a cute children's poetry book. It will help teach this colors and has a fun way of teaching them. I would definitely read this in a lower elementary classroom.

Classroom Extensions:
1. I would read this when teaching about colors.
2. I would have them write a little poem over their favorite color.
  olivialawson | Apr 12, 2014 |
Hailstones and Halibut Bones is a collection of color poems. Each poem is unique and expresses the authors feelings for each color.
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The illustrations are amazing in this book. I immediately found my favorite color and read it. These are all wonderful and brilliant poems.
Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Have the students create their own color poems
2) Read these at the beginning of each color we will be learning.
  KayleeLandry | Nov 16, 2013 |
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2) K-2

3) Hailstones and Halibut Bones a poetry book about colors. Each section of the book addresses a different color and finds ways to relate the colors to everyday experiences. These experiences consist of clothing, animals, people, and even emotions and feelings. It is a very simple read and would beneficial for younger children.

4) One activity a teacher can perform with a classroom is to have students make their own list of objects and feelings they experience with a color of their choosing.
  Dorfster | Oct 6, 2011 |
One poem for each color. A great book for creating individual formula poems afterwards. ( )
  rebecca401 | Nov 28, 2010 |
This book is all about many different colors.The poem "What is the color?" Was one I found very intresting and makes beautiful images in you head such as "Red is a sunset blazey and bright!" This was just one poem I loved there are many others! This book awsome at being able to veiw these images in your head and describing what items each color was. I would use this book while teaching students about there sences and asking them what they can learn while reading about each color. Great book for young learners and great tool for using your imagination!
  LogannPennington | Oct 18, 2010 |
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Mary O'Neillprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wallner, John C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisgard, LeonardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Like acrobats on a high trapeze
The Colors pose and bend their knees
Twist and turn and leap and blend
Into shapes and feelings without end...
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Time is purple
Just before night
When most people
Turn on the light --
But if you don't it's
A beautiful sight.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385410786, Paperback)

Since its original publication in 1961, Hailstones And Halibut Bones, Mary O'Neill's renowned work of poetry about the colors of the spectrum, has become a modern children's classic. This newly illustrated edition features lavish full-color illustrations from an award-winning artist, yet the poems have been left intact with all the powerful rhythm and rich language of the original.

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Twelve poems reflect the author's feelings about various colors.

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