The month of April marked the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Around this house, poetry is a staple, but we have never had a book club about a poetry book. Last month we decided to remedy that.
My oldest daughter, 10, is a member of a local book club. Each month we choose a book and then spend the month reading and discussing it. At our house, we use the Brave Writer product, the Arrow. I love the Arrows because the copywork and the grammar lessons are laid out for me as well as a writing activity. At the end of the month, we all meet at one of the girls’ homes for a book club/party school. This month the book was Love That Dog by Sharon Creech and the house was mine.
Love That PoetTree
There were several parts to our book club. We started with a fun project that I found on the blog Up Above the Rowan Tree. Nadine had a great idea for creating a Poet Tree with leaves that were names of poems that they read that month. I modified that a bit. When the girls arrived, they were given a canvas and paints with the instructions to paint a tree with no leaves.
While those were drying, we discussed the book Love That Dog. I had printed several types of poems out and created a quick book with some extra pages at the back. The girls decorated their book covers while we talked about the different poems and their meanings. At the end of the discussion, I gave them time to write their own poems in the back.
Before the book club, I had asked the girls to pick out some of their favorite poems to bring to the book club. As each girl read their poems aloud to the rest of the book club, the other girls wrote the names of the poems on construction paper leaves and glued them to their trees.
Love that Dog Food
After all this creative writing and artistry, the girls had worked up an appetite. We went inside for some dog themed treats. We started with some Puppy Frisbees (individual pizzas) and added in some dog bones (cheese slices cut into bone shapes).
Available for the adventurous was Puppy Slop and Puppy Chews (hummus and pretzels).
Of course, we had some Puppy Chow and Puppy Kibble (Chex mix recipe and Whoppers). And to wash all that down, we had Poetry Pop (sodas with the poem Love That Dog printed on the outside).
If things got a little messy, you could always wipe your
paws hands with specially designed napkins (artistry by L-).
We had a great time eating out of dog bowls and talking about poetry. If you would like to see a video, I posted a quick FB Live here. If you are interested in other book club posts, they are listed under Books in the menu. I would also like to give out a shout-out to Notbefore7. Mary has some terrific book clubs, and she inspired me with her version of Love That Dog book club.
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