Friday, October 2, 2009

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Kaish and I are reading The Great Gilly Hopkins

before bed this week.

It is a wonderful book.

It is about a foster child.

I actually want to skip ahead after he is all tucked in.

Don’t worry; I am abstaining.

9780064402019 Who would have thought this book would be

Kaishon’s introduction to Wordsworth?

He liked it.

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There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem

Apparell'd in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.

It is not now as it hath been of yore;—
Turn wheresoe'er I may,
  By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

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Do you have a favorite poet?

39 comments:

The Incredible Woody said...

I flunked poetry.

Daryl said...

I love Yeats ...and that photo of Kaish on your header

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Yeats is good. My Little T loved this book too!
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antoinette marie said...

never got into poetry, or reading much for that matter....but as i've done the 'sunday citar's', i've discovered i love the work of emerson! blessings....

Jennifer Haas said...

I like poetry but was never too good at writing it. I stick to writing stories, I think I am better at that.

That book looks so great!

Helen said...

Emily Dickinson. I love every poem I've ever read of hers, but this one especially:

To make a prairie
It takes a clover and one bee
A clover and a bee--
And revery
The revery alone will do
If bees are few

Love it! :)

Grandma J said...

You are such a good mommy with your introduction to great reading for Kaishon. I'm so glad he's loving it!

Nessa said...

Some children's books are surprisingly good.

The Redhead Riter said...

Read everything you can to him. It pays off in the end.

4 Lettre Words said...

We are all big readers here, so I am very happy to hear about the book.

Have a fantastic weekend with your men!

Ms. Wanda said...

Hi, there love your blog:)You know what's funny about CC companies they love to increase until you can't make a payment! Good for you that you called them and said Stop!!!
One of my favorite Poems:

"Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow."

Langston Hughes

RR Mama said...

Yes, my favorite poet is YOU!!Have a great weekend!!!

Lolli said...

I love Ogden Nash. He's a different kind of poet. Always makes me smile.

Eye of the Beholder said...

No I don't but I love children's books. Currently I am reading Little House on the Prarie to my two youngest boys. Love your blog too, and thanks for the kind words.

~ shi ~ said...

I love the light in your photo...I wish I could get my 24, 21 and 20 year old to come home so I could tuck them in and read to them...hahah Enjoy your story...

mimi said...

What a cool book! And....how cool that you are reading it together.

blueviolet said...

I enjoyed reading chapters to my kids at night too. I'm not sure if we read that one or not.

The Animator's Wife said...

That is one of my all-time FAVORITE books. We even had a dog named Gilly growing up (we named all our pets after book characters). She was a bad, bad dog. But it is one fantastic book!

Anonymous said...

Carl Sandburg of course...The fog comes in on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

I miss reading 2nd and 3rd grade books since I haven't taught those grades for years...I might even sneak a peek ahead!!

Happy Weekend!
lMnop

CoffeewithZooly said...

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by from SITS to visit me.

My favourite poet gee that's hard - but I do like Yeats and one of our favourite Aussies Banjo Patterson - who's probably not well known - but he did write very Australian themes.

I'll be visiting again. Take care

Marilyn said...

No real fav. I love the Spoon River Anthology though.

I have been recouping from the flu. No fun there. But things are looking up.

Jenni Jiggety said...

I should pick that book up!

Joy said...

That's so cool you are reading it together. I'd be tempted to read ahead too!

p.s. Thanks for stopping by my blog when I was SITS featured blogger!

Unknown Mami said...

I am a fan of Pablo Neruda and e.e. cummings.

mamamia said...

just coming by to say hi

Alisia said...

i love that book. i read it to the kids a while back. :)

ps. thanks so much for the sweet comments on my blog. you made my day!!! :)

Julia Spencer said...

Thanks for the comment... On my I heart Faces Entry. : ) I'm sorry my blog was giving you trouble though. ;( I'll look into it.

And I love poetry... Robert Frost is probably my favorite. I also love Shel Silverstein's poetry for kids... :) Fun and funky. :)

Fresh Mommy said...

Love this... makes me want to read this book with my girl. Thanks for the tip! Love your blog design as well, it's been awhile since I've been by, sorry for the delay. :)

~Tabitha

Melissa B. said...

Maya Angelou...even her prose is poetic. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of my favorite Angelou works. Plus, have you ever read her Clinton Inaugural Poem?

Stacey said...

Beautiful. Robert Service is my favourite poet- "The Cremation of Sam McGee". And Shel Silverstein. Oh! and Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. And Maya Angelou. Now I'm inspired.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Honestly, I have never been a poetry gal. I wish I were though, and I do love reading the stuff you quote. It amazes me when people can recall long phrases of poetry.

aforestfrolic said...

That looks like a great book! My oldest LOVES to read...I'll have to check that out for her. Thanks for stopping by my blog too ;-) If we lived close enough, you could surely borrow those red shoes, tee hee. But trust me...after wearing them for about 5 minutes, you'll be sorry. I can't believe I wore them as part of my costume 2 years ago when I WAS PREGNANT, ugh. I was sorry for that one ;-)

Jamie :)

Aleta said...

Frost is a favorite. Loved the poem that you shared! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Cara and Jenn said...

Stopping in from SITS...thanks for the visit Love the pics of your family...love and joy are what I see when I look at them! Have a happy Sunday!
Cara

bj said...

I always read to my kids but never books like this. I should have, tho. The daughter ended up loving to read...not so much for my son. He says he's too busy making a living for his wife and 6 children! Hahaaa..bless his heart.
Your son is such a handsome fella...so glad you share time with him!
Thanks so much for coming by...please do it again soon!
xo bj

Ashley said...

um yeah I totally don't know any poetry but it is one of those things I wish I did. I think if I had to say my favorite it would be the book of psalms. It is so great that you are introducing poetry to you boy! You sound like a great mom :) thanks for stopping by my blog! have a wonderful sunday..oh and I totally want to hear how you forced your hubs to marry you!

Kelly said...

i think reading aloud to your child, even at older ages, is a precious, timeless gift he will remember for always! what a special time to be shared between the two of you!

Liz said...

I have never really liked poetry. Glad that both of you are enjoyingt the book!

Emily said...

Always love getting good recommendations for the kids. I think my daughter will like this one...and I like the idea of introducing her to Wordsworth. I will have to see if they have this at the library.