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Pat the Poet (a little like Pat the Bunny, only cuter).


Merry Greetings to all and welcome to Poetry Friday at alphabet soup!

The dashing alphabet-bearded bard pictured above is the one and only J. Patrick Lewis, recipient of the 2011 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Isn't the resemblance striking? ☺

      

We're thrilled for Pat and heartily congratulate him! He has amazed us, time and again, with the sheer depth and breadth of his work -- we love a man who really knows how to play with those 26 letters!

We decided the best way to celebrate Pat's award is to let him bring the refreshments. After you've chewed on his tasty poem, please leave your name with the title of the poem you're sharing (or book you've reviewing) in parentheses with Mr. Linky, below. If the spirit moves you, go ahead and pat Pat on the back for winning this prestigious and uber-cool award!

WHAT EVERYBODY WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS
by J. Patrick Lewis

The Mouse wants a slice of Limburger cheese.
 

The Bird wants a box of Jujubes.
 

The Squirrel wants a honey-roasted nut.
 

The Fish want chocolate sprinkles, but
 

The Cat wants a dish of the old eggnog.
 

"Give me the mailman," growls the dog.


~ from Under the Kissletoe: Christmastime Poems (Boyds Mills Press, 2007).

                    
Leave your links with Mister Linky, then enjoy the poetry buffet!


 




1. Charles Ghigna  ("Snow Deer" , "Art Lesson").

2.
Diane Mayr (Announcements)

3.
Kurious Kitty (" Merry Christmas")

4. KK's Kwotes (quote from Aileen Fisher)

5. Sally Thomas@ Castle In the Sea

6.
msmac (Candy Cane)

7.
Amy LV (#255 - sing)

8. Kelly Fineman (Marilyn Singer interview -WBBT)

9.
Julie Larios (Original Poem: Junco)

10.
Mary Lee (William Stafford)

11.
Mary Lee (sign up to host PF roundup?)

12.
Andromeda Jazmon (Mary's Song by Luci Shaw)

13.
Ruth (William Stafford and original poem)

14.
Laura Salas (15 Words or Less poems-- join in!)

15. Toby Speed - The Writer's Armchair

16.
Laura Salas (" The Swan" - Jack Prelutsky)

17.
Dori Reads (original poem)

18.
Tabatha (grandmother)

19. Heidi Mordhorst (J. Pat's "A Tomcat Is")

20.
Andy for The Write Sisters

21.
Laura Shovan (Chuang Tzu on Stillness)

22.
Wild Rose Reader (An Original Fairy Tale Poem about Jack and the Beanstalk)

23.
Jeannine Atkins (Ted Kooser)

24. Jules at 7-Imp (Rita Gray's ONE BIG RAIN)

25.
Sara Lewis Holmes (" Hyper-" and math doodles)

26.
Karen Edmisten (Robert Frost)

27.
The Stenhouse Blog (December Substitute)

28.
Debbie Diller (A nursery rhyme)

29.
Blythe Woolston (Juvenilia and young writers)

30.
david e (le mauvais plus)

31. Shelley (poems about our grandparents' generation)

32. Endless Books (Aileen Fisher's " December")

33.
Blue Rose Girls (FAIRY FOR HIRE: An Original Fairy Tale Poem)

34.
Liz in Ink (Gratitude and Sharon Olds)

35. Twinkling Along ("The Bee Man")

36. Rasco from RIF (Poverty)

37. Terry Doherty ('Twas the Night Before Christmas)

38. Tara (The Grammar Lesson)






  
       Some of Pat's books published in 2010 (click on each cover for more info).

Thanks for joining us today! Hip hip hooray for Pat, Pat, Pat!!

*Jujubes by Glane23.
*Honey-roasted cashews by
gsol/flickr.
*Chocolate sprinkles cupcakes by
candywh0r3/flickr.
*Eggnog by
MelissaLibby/flickr.
*Mailbox pug by
ShutterBearPS/flickr
.
*Boy, girl, gift illos by harryillustration/flickr.


Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan's alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

 


Comments

( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
ghigna
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jama! Great pic of Pat!

We're watching a "Snow Deer" at
The FATHER GOOSE Blog

and taking an "Art Lesson" at
The BALD EGO Blog
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
I love that dog in the mailbox
I love the whole thing, especially the slide into rhyme. Funny and fun.

Thanks for hosting!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
Sorry, "Anonymous" is me, Sally Thomas@Castle In the Sea, where it's snowing.
amyklv
Dec. 10th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jama, for such a joyful food-celebration of JPL's award! You always set the best table for us. (I'm hungry and smiling.) Methinks that plate-picture should grace a book jacket!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 10th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Hooray for Pat!
True fact: In the interview with Marilyn Singer that I posted today, she mentions Pat and his award!

My grandfather ate Limberger cheese - it's most often found in a jar, and not in blocks, because it gets rather runny as it ages. I do not like it, Sam I am.
julielarios.blogspot.com
Dec. 10th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
Pat the Poet
Love the Pat Plate, Jama! I've left a Drift Record link with Mr. Linky. Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday - and who do I volunteer with for hosting one in the future?
jamarattigan
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Pat the Poet
Check in with Mary Lee at A Year of Reading for the Poetry Friday schedule and sign-up for 2011!

http://readingyear.blogspot.com
mlyearofreading
Dec. 10th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Hooray for Pat! Thanks for hosting! Happy Friday!
cloudscome
Dec. 10th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations Pat! How wonderful to get that recognition! Once again, Jama, you have highlighted this delightful poem with the perfect photos!

I am celebrating Advent with "Mary's Song" by Luci Shaw today. Thanks for hosting!
toby_speed
Dec. 10th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
A pat for Pat on his wonderful award! And a pat for you, Jama, on your post today. I love the Pat plate (are those the gray rice grains you were looking for the other day? Haha!)

Today at The WA I have a writeup of "Your Daily Poem," the delicious poetry breakfast that arrives in my email each morning.
jamarattigan
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was looking for something to resemble a gray beard! Thought of using brown rice or lentils, but decided the alphabet pasta was more suitable. The shredded coconut for his hair worked out pretty well. :)
myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com
Dec. 10th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Pat the tummy
Hi, Jama--

In a fine coincidence (or is it FATE?) I also have posted a J. Patrick Lewis poem in response to my daughter's request for a blogpost about cats. Thanks for the fun photos. Where can I get that play-with-your-food plate? It looks just like Woolly Willy!
jamarattigan
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Pat the tummy
Now that you mention it, he does look like Wooly Willy! I'll be posting about the Face Plate on Monday :).
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Fun, fun, fun! Thanks, Jama! Andy
jamarattigan
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Poetry Friday
Tried to post a comment at The Write Sisters, but it didn't work. I don't know if it's my browser or something else. Enjoyed the poem, though :).
jeannineatkins
Dec. 10th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Jama, Thanks for pointing us toward more to celebrate. Sending pats to both of you!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Jama,

I think our committee made an excellent decision in selecting Pat as the 2011 recipient of the NCTE Poetry Award. I been a big fan of Pat's children's poetry for over twenty years!

(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
from Laura @ AuthorAmok
Hi, Jama and congratulations, Pat. Jujubees has to be one of the best words in the English language. What a fun poem!
jamarattigan
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: from Laura @ AuthorAmok
I wholly agree about "jujubes." Had almost forgotten about it -- GREAT word.
saralholmes
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I want Jujubes too! Okay, and maybe not the mailman, but what he brings!

Congratulations, Pat. How fun to celebrate with you on a Poetry Friday.

Today, I'm posting an astounding math doodle video and a breath-taking poem by David Baker called "Hyper-"

(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
visual poems are such fun. sadly, only a dog of all those creatures would happily remain composed in such settings.

i've been at sea with my writing lately, but i've been toying with poems about jazz, and that's what i have up this week.

thanks for posting, jama!
delzey
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
sorry
didn't mean to post anonymously. just hitting send a little too fast these days.
liz_scanlon
Dec. 10th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for Pat, hurrah for Jama, hurrah for Poetry Friday!!!!
dorireads
Dec. 10th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jama. It's been nice to have time today to sit and enjoy Poetry Friday.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
My entry
That plate portrait of Pat is indeed a stunning likeness. I am impressed.

I have an original poem on my blog today. Can I be added to the list? Pretty please?

http://twinklingalong.blogspot.com/2010/12/poetry-friday-apiary-poem.html
jamarattigan
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: My entry
Absolutely!! I think I heard a buzzing . . .
tmsteach.blogspot.com
Dec. 10th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/
Delicious!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 12th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
I was on a dead run on Friday, so got my Linky left behind, but not a comment. Love the poem! I'm with the fish ... chocolate sprinkles for me!

Thanks for hosting this week, Jama!
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