My two boys love GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka and illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds, so I thought I would share it with you this week. I think it would be a great book for a school library or to share with your own little dudes (or dudettes!).
Published by Houghton Mifflin (2010), Guyku is a nicely composed picture book of 24 haiku poems, with 6 haiku each being devoted to each season of the year.
As Raczka observes, haiku is a poetic form which lends itself well to boys as they involve observations of nature, they are short, and they take place in the present. Illustrator Peter H. Reynolds adds that the ‘invitation for boys to swim in the poem pond needs to be issued more often and more loudly.”
talk, I think it would tell me
to splash my sister.
Why we love it:
1) These haikus capture well the world of my boys; kite-flying, fishing, splashing in puddles, biking, bugs, stargazing, skipping rocks, wild beasts, leaf piles, the list goes on…
2) Illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds are whimsical and playful, a perfect pairing for Racza’s haiku.
3) I took my son kite flying, and he randomly quoted from one of the haiku :
The wind and I play
tug-of-war with my new kite
The wind is winning.
4) I love poetry as it encourages creativity with language use and involves a keen observation of the world around us-kudos to Bob Racza and Peter H. Reynolds for creating a delightful book and for writing poems that appeal to boys’ imagination.
Resources for educators: the Guyku website is full of downloadable resources and ideas for generating your own haiku.