Baby Frederico, Poet!

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story (or book review or movie) from our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…Shel Silverstein.  Here is something entirely new:

It happened once many years ago

that there was a little green reptile by the name of Frederico.

His family called him Baby and there was even a lady

who once pulled his big toe.

Instead of a cry, he let out a giggle.

It was the kind of giggle that would make you wiggle,

and smile and laugh and giggle some more.

He often took naps with his grandpa (who would snore)

and he lived in the country with pets galore.

He had two chickens, two kittens, and a horse.

There was even a little black puppy named Charlie, of course.

His Momma was Italian and his Papa from Mexico

And together the three would learn to grow and grow

Into one happy family by the name of Frederico.

 Yes, that’s right.  It did happen once many years ago!

There was indeed a little green reptile.  His name?  Baby Frederico.

Father Knows Five 4-11-14

*Every Friday we serve you an “a la carte” list of 5 unique videos, articles, ideas, etc. from all kinds of locations. (If you are viewing this blog through your email subscription, please follow the link to our website to view all videos.)  See you next week!

1.  Here is a wonderfully creative clip that introduces us to Chip Kidd’s new book, Go, about design for children.  We met him at the ABC Children’s book conference in San Antonio earlier this week and really enjoyed his perspective on things:

2.  Here is a classic treasury of great children’s poems and rhymes that we are reading before bedtime at home this week.  After I read, I made (the good) mistake of leaving it at the end of our 9-year old’s bed as I said goodnight and left the room – and a half hour later she was still reading from it to her older sister.

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3.  Speaking of poetry, I had no idea that April is always Poetry Month.  Here is a great idea for your classroom – a “Poet-Tree” – for all of our favorite teachers out there:

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4.  I can’t talk about poetry for children without thinking about Where the Sidewalk Ends and its fascinating author, Shel Silverstein.  His website, http://www.shelsilverstein.com/, is so much fun!

5.  Anyone remember this great book?  I found it at a bookstore in Seattle a few months ago and it brought back some great boyhood memories so I had to purchase it:

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