Musing and Amusing Poems for Kids by Cookie Combs

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Musing and Amusing Poems for Kids, written for ages 3 – 12, contains literature from a child's point of view – dreams, struggles and imaginings, plus several fanciful tales – each accompanied by illustrations in either pen and colored pencil or with graphite alone to enhance the poem's meaning. The poems are especially effective when shared with an adult such as a teacher, parent or grandparent.

“The sorrows and consolations of childhood—strict moms, dull music lessons, enchanted beings, revolting cuisines—are plumbed in this collection of poetry.

“Combs, a music teacher, has a nice feel for the way small things, horrid or gratifying or both, loom large in a kid’s life. There is the sad predicament, in 'A Dreadful Day,' of being sick in bed: 'I’m bored and tired / but Mom will say / “Inside all day—in bed you’ll stay / and drink the fruit juice on your tray.”' There’s the 'Piano Time' search for something to liven up the practice-hour ordeal: 'But since I don’t know / what “willpower” means / I’ll play with the frog / I hid in my jeans.' There is the tragedy of conceitedness limned in 'I’m the Richest, Smartest, Prettiest Girl,' in which said paragon wonders why no one will play with her.

“But such travails are balanced by imaginative delights. One can commune with creatures both ordinary, such as the friendly ungulate in 'Bruce the Moose,' and extraordinary, such as the lurid flying ungulate in 'The Purple Gnu' or the tiny pranksters of 'Shy Shuggles,' who tease spiders by spinning green webs. And there is the giggly joy in sheer grossness, explored by the identical twins in 'Ollie? or Dollie?': 'So, Ollie ate slugs / Dollie ate bugs / Followed by slime juice in each other’s mugs.'

“Combs’s poems feature strong meters and rhyme schemes and a rich vocabulary, and are a good fit for four- to eight-year-olds; they can either be read aloud, with parents explaining unfamiliar words, or attempted alone by novice readers with the assistance of the author’s evocative drawings.

“A winsome blend of whimsical subjects and beguiling verse, sure to hook young minds.”

– From a Kirkus Indie Review

About Cookie Combs

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Cookie Combs finds the poetic, rhyming, rhythmic literature for young people today both fascinating and stimulating. She creates poetry from a child's imaginative perspective and sense of humor. Illustrating her work for children has been a source of enjoyment, enlarging the impact of her written word. She especially likes drawing with pen, brush and ink (as in Crocodilly); pen and colored pencil (as in The Problem With Giants and Bruce The Moose); and graphite alone (as in The Bear Next To Me and Triangle Talent).Cookie's music background and training in oral interpretation serve as a foundation for composing rhythmic poems. Besides teaching piano, Craft of Writing, Short Story and Speech, she is a choir director and professional pianist having a Master's Degree in Music Performance with a concentration in piano.She began teaching piano at age twelve and through her childhood love of reading and the years of contact with her students and their books, she has gained an appreciation for a child's point of view. Ms. Combs has taught in colleges, high schools and Sunday schools as well as privately.To Cookie, words hold great promise. She does not like to “talk down” to children and wants them to get acquainted with their dictionaries, knowing they'll find much treasure in them. Although she has been a teacher in several fields since she was very young, she has always loved ETYMOLOGY.Cookie has lived in Michigan, Idaho, Alaska, California and currently lives in Washington state where she has studied art and participated in several critique groups for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Published November 19, 2010 by Cookie Combs Publications. 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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There is the sad predicament, in “A Dreadful Day,” of being sick in bed: “I’m bored and tired / but Mom will say / ‘Inside all day—in bed you’ll stay / and drink the fruit juice on your tray.” There’s the “Piano Time” search for something to liven up the practice-hour ordeal: “But since I don’t k...

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