|Pat Thomas & Harold Underdown|
Pat is the author of many wonderful picture books like Firefly Mountain, There are Rocks in My Socks, Said the Ox to the Fox, Red Sled and Stand Back, Said the Elephant. I must have read Stand Back, Said the Elephant 100 times when I taught first grade. I loved it, and so did my students!
She is also an instructor with ICL.
In Pat's workshop, “How NOT to Write a Picture Book in Rhyme” she shared some things that I’ve heard from other presenters and read in writing books. But Pat also shared new insights into the poetry of picture books that I had never heard before.
|Pat Thomas & Carol Baldwin|
She definitely shared with us her passion for beautiful words and beautiful books.
Pat also said something that I’ve never heard any other author say before – something I’ve said a gazillion times myself – “All great picture books are poetry.” That got me to thinking, "Maybe deep within I AM a poet after all."
Her thoughts on picture books helped me to crystallize my own. I love picture books. I’ve tried over the past few years to verbalize why I love them, why they are my favorite form of literature, I believe. But Saturday, sitting in her workshop it came to me.
I love picture books for two huge reasons.
One, because they blend beautifully three things I love:
- · Compelling illustrations
- · Precise and pleasing language
- · The rhythm and music of poetry
Two, because they facilitate caring, memorable experiences between children and the adults in their lives.
After getting to know Pat I decided that, when I grow up, I want to write just like her!
Thanks a gazillion, Pat!