In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. ~ Aristotle
I fall in love with fall all over again each year. It's a golden feast of brilliance and rich colors. Mother Nature lays down the red carpet to celebrate the season's natural delights. In anticipation of fall, my friend, poet Buffy Silverman captures the vibrance of the season through the combination of photos and words in her new publication.
“With hashtags like #NaturePhotography, #Fall, and #NatureWalk, Twitter will light up on September 6, 2022, when Buffy Silverman's book, On a Gold-Blooming Day - Finding Fall Treasures, is published. This stunning book combines poetry and photography to create a visual feast for young readers, parents, and teachers.
As a poet and photographer, Buffy's keen eyes spot nature scenes that want to become a poetic expression. Verbs combine with nouns for the creation of new words, rhymes flow, like rattle and skedattle, and photos share the limelight with nature herself.
In addition to the richness of the photo-poem book, Buffy adds back matter that enhances the reading experience for young children who are growing their vocabulary. Nonfiction descriptions of rhymed words and scenes provide content for young researchers to expand their knowledge. A glossary and further reading resources are also a bonus feature for explorers, writers, and readers.
There is an artistic quality to the book that should not be overlooked. The visual choices of what to include are inspiring. Color photographs enhance each page.
I recommend post-reading activities, like collage-making, narrative writing, researching fall around the world, or creating photo books of class or individual walks, as creative endeavors. Introducing the next season through Buffy's previous book, On a Snow-Melting Day, provides students with a journey through winter as opposed to fall.
Considering that nature photography is the art of capturing earth's beauty, Buffy excels as a writer of children's nonfiction books on seasonal beauty with this publication. In a conversation with Buffy I offered several inspirational quotes to ponder. She chose Ralph Waldo Emerson's: "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
This quote resonates with me most. It's easier for me to be patient with a camera in hand, watching bees buzzing in goldenrod or waiting for a crab spider to emerge from its hiding place, looking more closely as I click away. I think the appeal of photography for me is that it reminds me to slow down and observe closely.-Buffy Silverman
Buffy also mentioned that was thrilled Millbrook included a few of her photos in On a Gold-Blooming Day.
It just so happens that September 6, 2022 is not only the publication of On a Gold-Blooming Day but also National Read a Book Day. Perhaps, you will read this book to a child or another book in anticipation of fall.
Today is Poetry Friday and children's author and poet Tanita S. Davis is hosting the event. Join me at her blog to celebrate poetry goodness this week.
She and the Poetry Sisters wrote a Bop poem for this month's challenge. Not sure what that is? Find out at Tanita's blog. Her poem is very interesting in content and context. Perhaps, I will try out this format when I have more time.
Well, you know that I love Buffy's book, Carol. This is really a "gold-blooming" review. I have already passed the book to my granddaughters. All of us are looking forward to the beauty that is autumn! Thank you!ReplyDelete
Autumn has a nice ring to it's name and Buffy's book has put me in the mood to bring a little bit of fall into my house, Linda. I just finished reading your summer poem and had a wonderful laugh. Going over to write my comment now.Delete
Carol, this book looks perfect for the first & second graders I read to. Thank you for mentioning it. Ordering now!ReplyDelete
Fall's my favorite, and I can't wait to read Buffy's new book! Thanks for sharing it, Carol!ReplyDelete
There is a magical quality about fall. I could not wait so I took out some new items I bought for fall and decided I was in a cool down fall mood today.Delete
Ohhhh, what a gorgeous book of poetry, these are to my eyes the best sort of coffee table books - poetry AND photography. And I look forward to reading your someday Bop - it's a fun form once you wrestle with it a bit.ReplyDelete
Tanita, I agree with you about Buffy's book . That is why I wanted to review it so my followers could see the book's beauty and poetic goodness. I want to read more Bops but I cannot access your blog and I tried several times.Delete
Thank you for lifting up this beautiful book, Carol - a perfect complement to the coming season and a perfect compliment both for and from such gifted poets.ReplyDelete
Thanks for dropping by, Patricia, and for sending me such a lovely poem swap.Delete
I'm all in for reading 'On a Gold Blooming Day' on September 6th! I'm asking my public library to purchase this book right now.ReplyDelete
That is a good idea. I should ask the Haymarket Library to do the same. BTW: I forgot to tell you that the latest star poem is really filling up your padlet collection.Delete
I so appreciate you requesting your library to purchase Gold-Blooming Day, Linda! Best way to help a new book...Delete
Thank you, Carol, for the lovely review and for the great post-reading activity suggestions. And thanks to all for your kind comments!ReplyDelete
Looking forward to this beautiful book! Great review, Carol.ReplyDelete
Rose, thank you for commenting. I think our little grandchildren will love Buffy's book.Delete
I'm really looking forward to reading Buffy's book! It's beautiful!ReplyDelete
That is the truth, Marcie. Many thanks for your mailing to me. That was such a sweet treat.Delete
Thank you for giving us a preview of Buffy's new book. I can't wait to get a copy!ReplyDelete
I can't say enough about this book, Catherine. Have a wonderful start to school.Delete
I can't wait to share this book with my new groups of readers! I'll be building a whole fall unit around it!ReplyDelete
Wow--I'm honored, Mary Lee. Please let me know how it goes!Delete