Tuesday, September 13, 2011

RTL: Red Sled

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركا
Book Title: Red Sled
Author: Patricia Thomas
Islamically Appropriate?: Yes
Genre: Fiction
Book Format: Picture Book
Age Group: 4-8
Book Review: This is a story-poem about a father and son's late night sledding adventure. The story is written in what the author says is an adaptation of a poem whose elements are in the A B B A form (of poetry) and combine to make a mirror image. The story-poem in this book is short and all of the words in the sentences rhyme. Most of the words are rhyming action words that help set the pace of the story. An example of from text (not in order from the story): Red sled. Still hill. Far star. Snow aglow. To add to the fun rhyming pace, the illustrations are bright and help children understand the story-poem better.  There's even hot chocolate in the story! This may be a good book to use for any Winter themes coming up....Allaahu a'lam. You can design many activities around the story too: 1). making sleds from Popsicle sticks 2). making hot chocolate together 3). make a rhyming word memory game using the words from the story 4). make snow ball cookies and lost more!

I also decided to try writing a poem with this type of form:

Make wudu.
Me . You.
There prayer.
Cover hair.
Saves from sin.
Women and men.
Cleans the heart.
Sets us apart.
Upon Tawheed.
Humanities need.
One. One.
No son.
Care to share a poem using this style? You might even invite your students/children to try writing a poem using this form too.

Until the next read insha'Allaah...

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