A Book by the Brook – Cricket in the Thicket | Friendly Fairy Tales

A Book by the Brook – Cricket in the Thicket

Brenda Davis Harsham

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

If you like poetry about creepy-crawlies, then Cricket in the Thicket is for you! I picked it up because you know I love critter poetry, and it didn’t disappoint. Written by Carol Murray and illustrated by the divine Melissa Sweet, it was full of wonderful art not to mention words, like this about dragonflies: “A lovely wisp, awash in blue, with light and lacy wings, a mini-glider….”

How can I resist a poem entitled “Dragons Fly the Sky”? This book refers to dung beetles as sacred and even finds love for cockroaches! The writer is a kindred spirit.

Click here for my Dragonfly Ode.

Notes: This is the first post in new series: a Book by the Brook. I plan to devour books like a ravenous grasshopper and share a few delicious bits with you.

If you like my bug plug, check out Cricket in the Thicket (Christy Ottaviano Books by Henry Holt & Co 2017).

Also, Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks to Jone Rush MacCulloch at Check it Out for hosting.

If you haven’t left a link to a found poem at Poetry Is… A Sunrise there is still time. The events in Florida made me too sad and angry to write a poem in Laura Shovan’s poem a day, but I will be back. After my head stops aching, and my heart is calm again.


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