Posted by: nancyisanders | August 29, 2012

Picture Books and Poetry

It’s exciting when famous magazines like Highlights feature a poem by Jack Prelutsky! He’s the children’s poet I’ve studied as I’ve read and referred to the book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry!

So, one day when we went to the beach, I took along my poetry journal where I explore writing exercises that this book recommends.

I wanted to write a little children’s poem about the beach using the sense of taste. Here’s what I came up with as Jeff and I sat on the sand, tasted the salty spray of the waves pounding the shore, and watched little children digging sandcastles with their buckets.

Ocean Picnic
Salt on my pretzels
and salt in the sea.
Sand in my sandwich
and sand on me!


  1. this one is perfect! Bravo !
    la suite ! 🙂

  2. Very cute, Nancy! We miss the beach so much! BTW, I’ve been reading meter/rhyme tips from The Meter Maids, Corey Rosen Schwartz and Tiffany Haber, on their blog. They both writing rhyming pb’s. (to answer your question in a previous post)

  3. marvelous. you’d have fun with David L. Harrison’s month word and poetry requests. its an informal venue to have work read by other poets like J. Patrick Lewis. i’ve found a new love for poetry since i first read your Ocean Picnic poem last summer…i still quote it when we go to the beach…you’ve captured the salt and sand so well. smiles!!

  4. The poem is so creative! Kids would love this. Thanks for sharing this.

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