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April Poem

Fruit Crazy

Wine grapes baja

Go, Go, Grapes! by the late April Pulley Sayre was my pick (ha!) of the week for one of the classes where I volunteer. Subtitled "A Fruit Chant," it's a lot of fun to read aloud: "Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes!/Savor the flavors. Find fruity shapes!" Each page has a large photo of delicious-looking fruit, and, as you can tell, the text is really a poem of rhyming couplets.

This particular group, a smaller combined class of K-2 kiddos, shares complements freely. One friend told me, "Nice job, Miss Susan," when I finished reading. The children enjoyed trying to remember all the different kinds mentioned, and I asked them what their favorite fruit was. "Ice cream!" replied another friend. "Oh, ice cream is delicious," I said. "But what about fruit?" After insisting again on ice cream, he eventually admitted to raspberries.

So, a poem of a book for a Friday during National Poetry Month. I recommend it!

The Poetry Friday roundup is at Janice Scully's Salt City Verse on April 8th.

Photo by Tomás Castelazo, from Wikimedia Commons. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.


Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant

April Pulley Sayre

Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster, 2012



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It sounds like a fun book. Kids do like food. Some kid are more familiar with ice cream, I sometimes think. But after reading this book, who knows what they will try!

Fun, for sure! We all enjoyed chanting, "Go, go, grapes!"

Love the rhythm! Thanls for sharing this title.

Rose, I have to check out her book “Rah, Rah, Radishes!” too since we’re on a roll with these rhymes….a food roll. :)

I don't know how it is I've never seen this book--although I did just take THANK YOU, EARTH off the shelf. How gorgeous. She will be missed. Thanks, Susan.

You are welcome, Heidi. I think pre-K 4s would like this one. APS’s books are great. Such a loss.

Another great poetry book about food! Go Go Grapes sounds like a hit with the kiddos.

For sure! Food always gives us a lot to talk about in class.

This looks adorable! I'm planting raspberry canes this year and now I have a cheer to help them grow!

Yes! That is a hoot, Laura. I might have to try to the same.

I vote for ice-cream-fruit! Ha ha! I'm so glad you had a chance to read your pick to littles recently. It's really my favorite job in school.

Linda, aren’t they the best! I really enjoy the “book discussions” after I read. A number of my friends loooove to chat.

I actually love raspberry ice cream so I can have it both ways. Looks like a fun book, Susan! Thanks!

What a fun book. Love the chant.

Go! Go! Grapes! and Go! Go! Kinders! Love their insistence on ice cream as a fruit! Permission enough for me!

Haven't read this one in a while--along with Rah, Rah, Radish! Thanks, Susan :>)

So fun! Can't wait to share this treasure with my Kinder poets. Your post reminds me of how much April will be missed. Her books are perennial favorites.

Linda B., yes to raspberry ice cream! Yum.

Jone, it's quite fun, and I think I'll go with APS's "Rah, Rah, Radish!" next week. The format gives us a lot to talk about.

Patricia, I'm with them, too! Homemade chocolate ice cream will be my new favorite fruit. :)

Laura, you're welcome! I have to thank the children's librarians at my library for having the book on display. That's how I chose it. Serendipity.

Ooh, Christie, let us know how it goes! I think the kindergartners will enjoy it.

I love that April's books are still delighting children! I'm going to her celebration of life at the end of the month and I'll carry your story in my heart.

How nice to be able to attend that celebration, Mary Lee. APS left behind such a wonderful legacy of books.

Thanks for this preview - it sounds like a great book to read aloud with young ones!

Susan, I will need to find this book for my grandgirls. In the meantime, they will like the chant because grapes are one of their favorite fruits. Thanks for sharing the book.

Elisabeth and Carol, thanks for dropping by! I'll definitely keep this one in my read-aloud repertory.

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