Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lewis Carroll: Term 2 Poet

We are on our way through term 2.  I had not chosen our Term 2 or 3 poet when we started our school year because I really wanted to let the girls give me some input. Over the break they chose Lewis Carroll.  While they enjoyed Ms. Dickinson last term; they wanted a more jovial poet for the next 12 weeks.  I had to giggle yesterday when I heard my oldest reading this poem to her sister.  Oh wait, she wasn't reading, she was singing:
Beautiful Soup by Lewis Carroll
BEAUTIFUL Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,
Game, or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two
Pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup?
Pennyworth only of beautiful Soup?

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,
Beautiful, beauti--FUL SOUP! 
We are using Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll and it states: "The poem sounds best when you sing it to a tune that you make up for it."  My girls couldn't agree more. 

For some biographical reading on Mr. Lewis Carroll my third grader is reading The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddel and Alice in Wonderland by Cristina Bjork.  This is such a beautifully illustrated book and she immediately found the appeal.  My oldest is reading from the Lerner Biographies: Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass by Angelica S. Carpenter. She is also enjoying the Bjork book with her younger sister ; )
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
BTW, just in case you are looking for an illustrated, large print version of Alice books; my younger daughter enjoyed the Helen Oxenbury's illustrated version last year.  It can be intimidating for an emerging reader to read classics on their own with so many words. We've enjoyed Oxenbury's illustrations in picture books for years so this was a nice way to introduce the original Lewis Carroll works to her.


Melissa said...

The suggestion to sing it is dead on. I know that when I've sung (oops read) it in the past, singing was the only thing that made sense with the way the lines 'beautiful soup.' are written.

...they call me mommy... said...

LOL! LOVE it!!! That soup song would be a hit around here! Thanks for the recommendation on the illustrated books! :)

Dorie said...

I can imagine the sweet sound of singing that poem! Isn't is just incredible how much fun learning can be?

Grace'n'Chaos said...

A fun poet indeed!

You're welcome Amy.

Collette said...

Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing how you do your poetry's something I'm hoping to do more of this winter/spring in our homeschool, but not sure about books/where to begin. I'll be bookmarking this for reference! Blessings, Collette