A Capital Lament: The End of an Era

Friday, September 11, 2009.

It’s Poetry Friday and, since I’ve been pushed beyond my limits by members of the book industry’s dark side, we present a poem I wrote back in the spring of 2005 to lament the loss of CBC Ottawa’s much loved afternoon host, Brent Bambury.

I’ve loved doing Just One More Book!! and it will be sad to turn my back on it.

While I’m reflecting on the future of what has been a huge part of our family, every single day for more than three years, I thought it was appropriate to share this era-ending poem (read by its recipient, Brent Bambury).

A Capital Lament — by Andrea Ross, May 2005.

That April day, infused by May, seemed clearly heaven sent,
The Gomery mess couldn’t bug us less — we’re listening to Brent!
Big news from Rome, then Pow! our own calamitous event,
We’d lost our man, and thus began our Capital Lament.

In two aught two, when Brent was new, our cautious ears we lent,
But soon his pace, words, voice and taste led to enravishment.
Who know his stint would be a glint? That Go! would lead to went?
And we’d be left a town bereft, despite all blandishments.

Robert Fontaine, comedien, now who will he torment?
Will Lucy sob? Or grab the job? To whom will Laurence vent?
We’re sure of this, we’ll sorely miss our host omniloquent.
You’re lane to fame is Hog Town‘s gain. Best luck and Thank you, Brent.

Read Mark’s post about Just One More Book!! as a member of our family: The baby, the bathwater, or both?

Dimple-matic Immunity: I Always, Always Get My Way

Friday, August 21, 2009.

I Always, Always Get My WayAuthor: Thad Krasnesky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Parkins (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Flashlight Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780979974649

Cute only gets you so far in the real world. Capturing the glee of victory and the sting of defeat, this hilariously illustrated rhyming book lets us laugh at our own (and our little sibling’s) attempts to prove otherwise.

Mentioned in this episode:

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Pop over to The Boy Reader for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Cathy Miller, “The Literacy Ambassador”, alerts us about Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Ruff Rhyme: Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper

Friday, August 14, 2009.

Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul CaperAuthor: Lynley Dodd (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lynley Dodd
Published: 1987 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9781582463070

Six bark-along pooches, homey illustrations and spirited verse — what youngster could resist this slightly retro, rhyming micro-adventure?

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Pop over to A Wrung Sponge for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Mission Nutrition: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli

Friday, July 31, 2009.

Monsters Don't Eat BroccoliAuthor: Barbara Jean Hicks (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Sue Hendra (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375956867

Gasping, gobbling, grinning, crunching and belching, seven sherbet-coloured monsters revel in outrage at their broccoli-loving readers in this rhyming enticement to eat green.

Blueberry-eating books mentioned:

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Pop over to Poetry For Children for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Of Spunk and Dunking: The Princesses Have a Ball

Friday, July 17, 2009.

The Princesses Have a BallAuthor: Teresa Bateman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lynne Cravath (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780807566282

Swapping dainty dancing for hoops and hoots, this upbeat spin on The Twelve Dancing Princesses brings rhyme, spring and spirit to the age old tale.

More fairy tales gone wild and fun with the familiar on JOMB:

Pop over to Becky’s Book Reviews for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Let Your Hair Down: Max Said “Yes!” (The Woodstock Story)

Friday, July 10, 2009.

Max Said Author: Abigail Yasgur & Joseph Lipner
Illustrator: Barbara Mendes (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Change The Universe Press
ISBN: 9780615211442

Exuberant, edge-to-edge illustrations and simple rhyme salute a generous dairy farmer who took a chance on four kids, their dream and the prospect of peace.

You can watch Max Yasgur addressing the crowd at Woodstock, 1969, here.

August 15-17 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. How will you celebrate?

Other books mentioned:

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Pop over to Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Character Capers: The Sleepy Little Alphabet

Friday, July 3, 2009.

Author: Judy Sierra (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375840029

From skittery stalling to splendorous, sweet slumber, alphabet families do the bedtime wrestle in this fabulously illustrated preschool rhyme.

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Pop over to Tabatha A. Yeatts for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Northern Comfort: Ocean’s Child

Friday, June 26, 2009.

Ocean's ChildAuthor: Christine Ford (on JOMB) & Trish Holland (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Diaz (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Golden Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 978-0-375-84752-3

Warmth and well being radiate from stylized Inuit seascapes and gently lapping prose in this soothing bedtime confirmation of safety, connectedness and parental love.

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Pop over to Crossover for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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Product Jingles: The Best Of Times (Math Strategies that Multiply)

Friday, June 12, 2009.

The Best Of Times (Math Strategies that Multiply)Author: Gregory Tang (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Harry Briggs (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439210445

Catchy, four-line rhymes and an energetic animal cast aim to take the sting out of multiplication long before the onset of Times Table Torture.

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Pop over to Critique de Mr. Chompchomp for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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A Stinky, Tinka Ditty: Fun Dog, Sun Dog

Friday, June 5, 2009.

Fun Dog, Sun DogAuthor: Deborah Heiligman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tim Bowers (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761455310

Chapters.ca Amazon.com

Sunshine, shenanigans and loads of jingly rhyme make this cheery little board book a perfect preschool pick.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Twin sisters Rosie (6) and Ronnie (6) tell us about their favourite rhyming books, One Duck Stuck (by Phyllis Root and Jane Chapman) and Hop on Pop (by Dr. Seuss).

More pooch inspired poetry on JOMB:

Pop over to Read, Write, Believe for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Don’t Dis Diversity: Silly Tilly

Friday, April 24, 2009.

Silly TillyAuthor: Eileen Spinelli (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Slonim (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761455256

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Rhyming triplets and edge-to-edge smile-inducing illustrations follow the carefree foolishness of an unconventional goose and remind us to savour the spice of life.

More independent thinkers on JOMB:

Pop over to Under The Covers for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Rules for Ruff Rendezvous: Don’t Lick the Dog

Friday, April 17, 2009.

Don't Lick the DogAuthor: Wendy Wahman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Wendy Wahman
Published: 2009 Henry Holt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805087338

Chapters.ca Amazon.com

Outrageously bright and pointy, stylized illustrations and catchy how-to rhyme deliver digestible tips for canine encounters of the friendly, yappy, growly, wary, jumpy, licky, snappy kind.

More dogs on JOMB:

And if you’re a fan of dogs, kids and literacy, you may be interested in the Reading with Rover and D.R.E.A.M. (dogs for reading, education, assistance and more) programs.

Pop over to Becky’s Book Reviews for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

 
 

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