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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

by Marilyn Singer

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Favorite outdoor summer games such as blowing bubbles, climbing the monkey bars, playing jacks, capturing fireflies, and playing hopscotch are captured in poetic form. Illustrations bring to life these fun-filled adventures. ( )
  MotherGoose10 | Oct 29, 2017 |
I loved this book for two reasons. First, the topic is very relatable for young students since it is about playing outside and that is what they all enjoy doing so that is a way to connect their life outside of school in school. For example, activities like jump roping or blowing bubbles or playing hopscotch are some of the many things students are playing during recess. Therefore, it would be an interesting read for them. Second, it is a poem so as you read aloud, you can feel and hear the fun rhythm which would make it a much more enjoyable read. For example, “A stick is an excellent thing. / If you find the perfect one, / It’s a scepter for a king. / A stick is an excellent thing.” As a teacher, you can allow your students to clap along the beat so that they are focused but they also get to be a part of the read-aloud!
  gnam2 | Oct 6, 2017 |
This book uses lyrical poems to bring life into childhood play and games that everyone loves such as monkey in the middle, upside down, and hide and seek. The poems are catchy and really amusing because most of the games are not new but the poems make them more relatable and fun.
  Taylorsexton | Aug 15, 2017 |
Summary: A wonderful collection of beautiful colored illustrations and poems that focus on playing outside. Perfect for kids, easy to read rhyming stanzas and amazing illustrations, looks like crayon drawings, that go with the topic at hand. Very light hearted and funny sometimes!

Personal commentary/ reflection: Similar to "Outside the Box", this collection of poems is very lighthearted and approachable, with a child friendly focus. As the topic of playing outside would be very relatable, this would be a great book to read aloud to a young classroom, with funny rhyming stanzas and colorful pictures. ( )
  JeffBunte | May 24, 2017 |
This is a great poem because of the lyrical poems and bold illustrations that capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse and entertain themselves over the course of a summer day. This poem is also great because of the diversity of the children throughout each page. It encourages children to play with one another and be friendly to each other no matter what their skin color is or if they look different. It also provides numerous activities for children to do in the outdoors which is so important nowadays when technology has taken over and seems to be the prime entertainment of our generation.
  mcortner15 | Mar 5, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547124937, Hardcover)

A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a New York Times best-selling illustrator.  The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate these universal types of play, from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring and money is tight for many families, here is a book that invites readers to join in the fun of active play with games that cost nothing.

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Presents a tribute to timeless childhood summer activities, from playing hide-and-seek and hopscotch to making mud soup and imagining that a stick is a magic wand.

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