Title: GUYKU A Year of Haiku for Boys
Written by: Bob Raczeka
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, New York, 2010
Themes/Topics: seasons, poetry, haiku, nature
Suitable for ages: 4-8
The wind and I play tug-of-war with my kite. The wind is winning.
A nature-infused stream of present tense playful, reflective haiku that tug you through the seasons and their unexpected and expected playgrounds for boys. Alternating between one haiku and one illustration or two haiku and two illustrations on each double-paged spread.
Why I like This Book:
This book is an invitation to play, to create, to be poetic, to reflect to go outside. Reynolds’ characteristic whimsical two boys (diverse, but this is by the by) animate the beautiful poetry with scenes of old fashioned, universal childhood fun.
While I think the title is very clever and catchy, I think in a way it does a disservice to this beautiful book as the message and content is as much for girls as boys!
The haiku follow the 7, 5, 7 syllable tradition and are pitch perfect. My favorite is one of the spring poems:
If this puddle could talk, I think it would tell me to splash my sister
I would definitely use this as a mentor text for teaching a class haiku!
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