While reading All the Small Poems and Fourteen More by Valerie Worth, I was struck by the fact that even the most simple things in life are exquisite when you really think about them. Valerie’s poems are about the ordinary, every day things that we sometimes forget to notice. She writes poems about tractors, safety pins, and even a soap bubble. I would love to use this book of poetry in my classroom because it teaches students that poetry is accessible to anyone. To be a poet, you do not have to write about something so complicated that no one else can understand the meaning of your words. Instead you can draw meaning from the world around you and use it to write your poetry.
One of my favorite poems by Valerie Worth is “Slug.”
But the moon,
On his scenes
How great is that? A poem written about a slimey little slug! I love it and I know my students will too!