My mom sang to us a lot when we were kids. She also read to us a lot. She'd make up songs for the poems she'd read in books. Whenever it snows, I hear my mom singing her made up tune for Lois Lenski's I Like Winter:
I like icy winds that blow.
I like snowflakes, oh so light,
Making all the ground so white.
Sometimes, I sing it to my kids. And they don't complain too much, because they like snow, too. They were so happy this morning!
You can take a peek inside the book here at Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves, a blog I just discovered when looking for info about this book and Lois Lenski. Isn't it neat (the book and the blog)? I remember studying all the details in Lenski's simple, colorful drawings. Looking at the sheet music for the song, I think my mom must have started trying to follow it with her tune, but then went off with her own improvisation.
To learn more about Lois Lenski, you can read about her here at the Ohioana Authors website.
Wild Rose Reader is the host. Head on over to her blog to enjoy some more poetry today. It's a great way to find some blogs that may be new to you. I love the idea of celebrating poetry every week. I've needed that reminder. I just got out our copy of I Like Winter, along with a poetry book we got for Christmas, to share with the kids when they get home from school today.