Poem of the Month

The Blobfish

Like music, poetry comes with healing in its wings; it carries its own therapy.

–May Hill Arbuthnot, author and educator

Bill Martin, Jr., author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and more than 300 other books for children, was another powerful advocate for poetry. He experienced great difficulty reading until poetry helped him relate the sound of words to what was written on the page. In his words, “Children will only learn to read when they have language inside of themselves.”

These are just two examples of the power of poetry.

The daily exposure to the richness of poetry is a simple, effective way to fill a child’s mind with language, to inspire them to read and write, and to encourage creative and critical thinking. Some poems, like “The Blobfish,” are also excellent opportunities to develop social and emotional learning

“The Blobfish” is a favorite among teachers and students alike, sparking meaningful discussions around empathy, kindness, and the power of words to help or to hurt. This poem is part of the Grade 2 Whole-Class Resources kit but can be enjoyed by children and teachers of all ages.

To read more about the power of poetry, check out Jill Eggleton’s article, “A Passion for Poetry.”

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