Grades PreK to Grade 3
Scholastic Press, 2014
Join a panda bear named Koo and two human siblings as they challenge readers to stretch their minds with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons. Starting with fall, readers of all ages can enjoy not only the fun and frivolous haikus, but also the changing color palette of Muth’s watercolor art as it follows the seasonal transformations.
While traditional haikus follow the five-seven-five syllabic pattern, Muth offers some refreshing and unique variations. An author’s note reveals the rationale for this variance; a tour of the alphabet! Invite children to identify and follow the capitalized words in each haiku to find a trip through the alphabet, from A to Z.
So grab a pencil (or paintbrush!) and use this book as inspiration to write nature-based haikus of your own.
Try coupling this book with the following PLT activities:
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood:
#5 – Signs of Fall
#6 – Evergreens in Winter
#7 – Bursting Buds
#8 – Adopt a Tree
PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide:
#5 – Poet-Tree
#21 – Adopt a Tree
#65 – Bursting Buds
#78 – Signs of Fall
#89 – Trees for Many Reasons