Title: Hibernation Station
Author: Michelle Meadows
Illustrator: Kurt Cyrus
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., by arrangement with Simon and Schuster Books
I bought this book from a book club for my daughter for Christmas a couple years ago. The illustrations are awesome. And haven't we seen the name, Kurt Cyrus before? Yes, I think so. Remember Tadpole Rex from yesterday? He's awesome! And so is Kurt.
Okay, on to the rhyming. At only 200 words, this is going to be difficult to share without giving away the whole book. First three page spreads:
Fuzzy slippers, warm pajamas.
Forest babies and their mamas...
show up early at the station!
Time for winter hibernation.
C'mon, chipmunks! Sip, sip, sip.
Nibble, nibble. Drip, drip, drip.
Blankets, pillows, extra snug.In the beginning, the first three couplets set the pattern. DA da DA da DA da DA da. But by the end of the book, the meter changes slightly (to DA da DA da DA da DA), and that's okay. It mostly stays true where it matters, the STRESSES. The only difference is in the final stressed syllable falling off the end. It's important when writing rhyme to follow the pattern you set for yourself in the beginning. This book is fun, simple, cute, a lullaby of sorts, and GORGEOUS! The perfect book for snuggling up with on a sleepy snowy day.
C'mon, frog! You need a hug.
Remember to visit the rest of the days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6. And come back tomorrow for Day 8 and PRIZES for week 1.
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