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Thursday, February 20, 2014

PB 14:14 Day 7: RHYME with "Hibernation Station"

Another new element to feature today, Story Element #9, RHYME. I have rhyming books for the next two days too. Let's jump right in!

TitleHibernation Station
Author: Michelle Meadows
Illustrator: Kurt Cyrus
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., by arrangement with Simon and Schuster Books
Year: 2010
Words: 200

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. 
Bats and chipmunks in the middle.
Bears and mice, from big to little.
The next few pages go into who else boards the hibernation station, including some dialogue expertly woven in. Here's two more near the end. Notice the use of word play (onomatopoeia).
C'mon, chipmunks! Sip, sip, sip.
Nibble, nibble. Drip, drip, drip.
Blankets, pillows, extra snug.
C'mon, frog! You need a hug.
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.

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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5 comments:

  1. Hibernation is an intriguing myth for some one in Australia. I know I know it is not a myth but it almost feels like one right along with snow at Christmas and spring at Easter. Upside down world we live in. I do love a good rhyme so I would be interested in this book just to read it and see how the accent rolls around my tongue. Thank you for a lovely review today.

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  2. Sounds like a sweet book. My only quibble would be the "pyjama/mama" rhyme, as they don't rhyme in the way I pronounce it (but maybe that's my Canadian accent showing?) My kids have a book where they rhyme "vase" with "place" and it trips me up every time as well. BUt overall sounds like a fun read.

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  3. It is interesting how accents and pronunciations can make a difference in how one feels with regard to rhyme. That's part of the intrigue.

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  4. This books looks really cute. I am definitely going to check it out. I love rhyming picture books and am working on a couple of them. It is so hard to get it right, but it can be done.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I love a good rhyme. I am not good at it so I do not write in rhyme, but I love it none the less. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing :D

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