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I Did It Because

How a Poem Happens

by Loris Lesynski
illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
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published: 2006
ISBN:9781554510184
publisher: Annick Press
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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“I Did It Because…”: How a Poem Happens

Can’t get your kids to write poetry? Read this book! In this colourful and creative how-to book, Loris Lesynski brings the writing process alive for young writers. I Did It Because... is divided into chapters on poetic rhythm, sounds and wordplay, picking a topic, inspiration and illustration. Each chapter begins with a wonderful “Join In!” activity for aspiring poets. The “Inspiration Sparks” activity challenges writers to start writing about amazing topics such as “The Twelfth Unicorn,” “Anti-Gravity School” or “Dragon Summer Camp.”

Lesynski strongly believes in the value of “showing,” not just “telling.” She fills the book with poems illustrating the points she makes about the writing process. Some of the poems have been published before, but others were written specifically for this book! In the section about inspiration, poems such as “Leaves,” “Sunpuddles” and “Faces in Places” illustrate how a simple observation can lead to a lyrical poem.

But perhaps the most appealing aspect of this book is its striking visual appeal for young readers. Michael Martchenko’s illustrations are luminous. They make you want to pick up a pen and write! He even has his very own “Join In!” section on “How Illustrations Happen.” Not only do Lesynski and Martchenko treat young writers with respect and encouragement, they make writing fun: “Rhyme feels good. It makes your ears happy, your brain work better.”

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2007. Vol.30 No.1.

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H “I Did It Because...”: How a Poem Happens

Lesynski offers favourite poems and new ones, too – plus tips for writing in rhyme, illustration ideas and more. Martchenko’s energetic art adds to the fun!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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Loris Lesynski

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Michael Martchenko

Michael Martchenko is the award-winning illustrator of the Classic Munsch series and many other beloved children's books. He was born north of Paris, France, and moved to Canada when he was seven. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Patricia.

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