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The Poem Farm: Shell Teeth - The Private Eye | growing poetry and lessons for all ages... This poem could be used to teach children to write from drawing or to teach children about metaphor - mini lessons are always included at The Poem Farm, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's ad-free, searchable blog full of hundreds of poems, poem mini lessons, and poetry ideas for home and classroom - www.poemfarm.amylv.com

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Poetry & Structure: Falling in Love… and Holding it Together — A Guest Blog Post by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Me: As long as I live I shall always be me Myself and no other, Just me. Like a tree. Willow, elder, Aspen, thorn, Or cypress forlorn. Like a flower, For it's hour Primrose or pink, Or a violet Sunned by the sun, And with dewdrops wet. Always just me. ~Walter de la Mare

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BOOK REVIEW: A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

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Poems coming home from school are a great resource for families. Learn the poem together and play around with altering it. Feed in facts - "I have a little reptile..", and your child's own knowledge - "I have a great big dog..."

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