Raczka, Bob. 2011. LEMONADE AND OTHER POEMS SQUEEZED FROM A SINGLE WORD. Ill. by Nancy Doniger. New York: Roaring Brook Press. ISBN 9721596435414 [Suggested Grade Levels 3-10]
This unique book takes the deconstruction of a poem to whole new lengths. Each poem starts on the right page with the text of a single word, artfully followed by several lines of select letters of the word typed below. While this tumble of letters may look like an artful display of type; look again, and then turn the page. The opposite side displays the letters of the words reformed into a new arrangement, and a new realization of the word.
Rearrangements can include such word displays and reformations as:
But the one that best describes this book is
Students will crave this book and want to try this new take on the written word!
This collection of poems is deceptively simple. Challenge readers to follow this format using Scrabble tiles for ease in manipulation and see what poems they can “squeeze from a single word.”
For other looks at poetic forms and creative approaches to the art of the word see these:
Janeczko, Paul B. A KICK IN THE HEAD. ISBN 9780763606626
Janeczko, Paul B. POKE IN THE I. ISBN 9781417689538
Singer, Marilyn. MIRROR MIRROR. ISBN 9780525479017
By Marianne Follis