Hailstones and Halibut Bones. By Mary O’ Neill Hailstones and. Halibut bones. And some people’s. Telephones. The hottest and most blinding light. Is white. Hailstones And Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neil, , is a collection of thirteen poems, each about a different color. Written with a keen sense of visual. Use the poems in Hailstones and Halibut Bones to teach students about similies and metaphors as they consider ways to represent friendship with various.

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Since there are 33 weeks and 34 literature selections, let me start with telling you about the poetry because of this, there is really only three. Two, however that you use on a regular basis throughout the year of curriculum in the lesson plans. The third doubles one week for both literature and poetry.

A key element to the Jr. The interesting and rich language of the music and poetry selections hailetones, even simple Mother Goose Rhymes helps the child develop a taste for and comfort with the beautiful, stylistic language ubiquitous in the classical education to come.

Fortunately, no persuasion or explanation is necessary – the Jr. K student loves to rhyme and sing! The main book of poetry in Jr. K is the Mother Goose. I love Richard Scarry, we love Richard Scarry in our house.

Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill

And while it is true that for the Mother Goose portion bobes could possibly use any of your favorite Mother Goose illustrated works, this is my favorite of all the others that we have on our shelves. Fifty favorite and not so well-known ajd rhymes are brought to vibrant life by Richard Scarry whose bears, pigs, cats, and rabbits perfectly illustrate these familiar verses. From Old Mother Hubbard to Jack Sprat, this oversize book depicts these most classic characters in bright, funny, colorful detail.

Mother Goose is a perfect foundation for any child’s library, and Richard Scarry is the ideal illustrator to make these first poems accessible and fun. The book itself is huge and wonderfully durable.

Richard Scarry is a staple in my household and his characters are very familiar to my children. Having larger illustrations to act out Mother Goose rhymes is just icing on the cake. In the book there is from one to a few more rhymes per page ahlibut there is plenty to look at and observe. Often we are to be found having read over our rhyme for the day, discussed it via the poetry guidelines in the lesson plans and then my daughter will beg to go back and read a rhyme for the week before or the week before that.

While she cannot read on her own yet, she can remember the ones we have read and they provide her much enjoyment. The other poetry book we have is completely new to me and the concepts learned here are more than just on poetry.

It was a little confusing when I was purchasing my copy, because everywhere I look online there is a different cover image shown, but when my copy arrived it was a thin paperback that matches the images in the Hallstones Press collages. Text copyright and illustration copyright this book has been around and there is good reason why it is still in publication.


The imagery is lovely and flows beautifully. Now touching back on the lesson plans, we have a page with poetry guidelines in the appendix. These include discussion points for before you read, during your reading, and after you read as well. Through these bullet points a poem can be brought even more to life and taken further and just beginning the educational adventure. With this kind hailstonse introduction on a Jr.

K level I am intrigued and excited for what we may expect in years to come. Up to this point we have covered the lesson plansphonicsmath and now poetry. Other things I would love to tell you about include literature, music and crafts Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Halbiut to Read saving…. Want to Read Wnd Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Hailstones And Halibut BonesMary O’Neill’s renowned work of poetry about the colors of the spectrum, has become a modern children’s classic.

Leonard Weisgard’s lovely illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the poems. Hardcover59 pages. To see haligut your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hailstones and Halibut Bonesplease sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hailstones vones Halibut Bones. Lists with This Book. These poems were okay except for using “an Indian” as an example of the color Red. C’mon O’Neill, even leaving political correctness aside Halibuut Americans are not actually carmine. They didn’t do much for me, but I see halibug people really liked them, so ymmv. I had the reissue with illustrations by John Wallner, which are completely different from the original.

I think the original Leonard Weisgard illustrations did a better job of depicting the colors. Also, Wallner, you need to be a bit m These poems were okay except for using “an Indian” as an example of the color Red. Also, Wallner, you need to be a bit more mindful, because some of these look a little May hailstonss, Hilary rated it really liked it Recommended to Hilary by: We really enjoyed this book, luckily we bought a copy with the original illustrations which are wonderful and fit perfectly with the book.

Two or three pages on each colour hallibut you the obvious-things that are that colour, and the not so obvious-feelings, sounds and experiences. Although the poetry isn’t wonderful, we enjoyed the thoughts behind the words and look forward to making some of our own. May 11, Lobstergirl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was given to me by friends of my parents when I was very small.

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It seemed like a fuddy-duddy book, but I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I was reading yet, or had just started, so my mother read it with me. I’m happy to see it’s a classic and still around. I can still see some of the illustrations in my mind’s eye even though I haven’t opened the book in years.

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I hope to get the original Leonard Weisgard art. A reviewer who gave The Little Bookroom five stars mentioned this as another beloved touchstone of her childhood. Ok, I was given the Wallner edition by Washoe. The pictures are lovely.

But I can’t rate the book. I should love both of them, but I actually despise them. So, ok, yes, both books could be used in a classroom to inspire creative writing.

How do you feel about these colors, these things? If the full book is shared before the students start to write, I’m concerned that their own creativity would be stifled. Any attempt I would make now would certainly be only a reaction, a response, nothing fresh or creative. And also, many children encountering it don’t even have that guidance.

They’re definitely reading it as Established Wisdom. And I honestly don’t think either Brown or O’Neill intended that. So, too bad, sorry, but: Beautiful verses creating lovely images in a single hue. This is a wonderful going to bed book for my son, it’s extremely soothing. Unfortunately it puts my mom to sleep faster than it does him, so she can’t use it. I however can read it over and over. The hottest and most blinding li Beautiful verses creating lovely images in a single hue.

The hottest and most blinding light Is white.

And breath is white When you blow it out on a frosty night. White is the shining absence of all color Then absence is white Out of touch Out of sight.

White is marshmallow And vanilla ice cream And the part you can’t remember In a dream. White is the sound Of a light foot walking Bonez is a pair of Whispers talking.

Hailstones and Halibut Bones

White is the beautiful Broken lace Of snowflakes falling On your face. You can smell white In a country room Toward the end of May In the cherry bloom. My favorite poem is Black. You’ll have to get the book to read it! Dec 22, Claire rated it liked it Shelves: Not the best poetry ever, but still good for getting children’s imaginations going!

I enjoyed the original illustrations by Leonard Weisgard, but I’m interested in reading the edition illustrated by John Wallner as well. This is an excellent book, and I love the color poems. They are well written and they rhyme, too. I also thought is was funny to read the introduction in the book and see that publishing Hailstones and Halibut Bones was almost a mistake.

The author was due with some work that was not yet ready. That’s when her publisher found a bunch of poems all stuffed in a desk drawer that the author, Ma This is an excellent book, and I love the color poems. That’s when her publisher found a bunch of poems all stuffed in a desk drawer that the author, Mary O’Neill, had written and collected over the years and that is how this book came to be.