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Apr. 18, 2012 at 9:31am Fuzzy Wuzzy?

"Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.  Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't  fuzzy, was he?"  That's one of the first poems I ever learned. It actually comes from a 1944 song by Al Hoffman, Milton Drake, and Jerry Livingston- but I discovered it in a little book of poems that I found at my library. 



I checked that book out over and over again.  My mom tried to persuade me that I didn't need to, because I had already read it.  But I WANTED that book!  I NEEDED that book!  So she let me check it out.  Again.  And again.  Oh, I checked out lots of other books, too.  But there was just something about that book...

Do you have a favorite poem? April is National Poetry Month, and it's a great time to discover new poems, or revisit old favorites.  There are lots of poetry books at the library, just waiting for you to dive in! 

There are long epics that can take literally days to recite- or short bits, like :

Fleas by Ogden Nash
Adam
Had'm.

Poetry is fun for all ages. Did you know it even helps develop language skills?  The rhythm and rhyme make it easier to distinguish the individual syllables in the words, and encourage word play (What rhymes with_____?)  And poems often contain language that isn't used everyday, so it's a fun way to learn new words. 

How will you celebrate National Poetry Month?

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