Poetry Friday is hosted today by Teaching YoungWriters.
For Poetry Friday -- "Change-up: baseball poems" written by Gene Fehler with illustrations by Donald Wu.
Fehler takes baseball fans through a year of the sport beginning with a winter's game with snowballs. The poems, in the voice of a young player, share the joys and frustrations of winning and losing and highlight baseball experiences: practice, broken windows, a "catch" with Gramps who played in the minors and more. Verses in a variety of forms encompass the baseball experience.
Gramps's Tough Pitches
It dips like a pirate ship
riding on waves that toss it
Bat in hand,
I wait and wait
and here it comes,
pulled by strings
where's it at?
Wu fills in the blanks with smiling children actively engaged in their favorite sport.