It has been way too long since I have joined the Poetry Friday community. This week (hosted by Jone from Check it Out), I am glad to be sharing an international picturebook title that also fits our Literatura Europa reading theme until end of August.
This Is A Poem That Heals Fish
Story by: Jean-Pierre Siméon Illustrated by: Olivier Tallec Translated by: Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Published by: Enchanted Lion Books, 2007
Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.
The young boy named Arthur feels that his fish is about to die of boredom, and he asked his mother for help. After closing her eyes, Arthur’s mother told him to hurry and feed his fish a poem, before heading off for her tuba lesson.
The problem, though, is that Arthur has no idea what a poem is. And so he searched high and low inside his home, in the hopes of finding a poem, but could find none. He then sought the help of friends and neighbours to figure out exactly what a poem is, and he received varying responses. A few of my favourites can be found here:
A poem is when you hear the heartbeat of a stone.
A poem is when words beat their wings. It is a song sung in a cage.
And the best one yet, at least for me:
A poem, Arthur, is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth.
Pair this book with Micha Archer’s Daniel Finds A Poem which I shared here last year!