Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Love You The Yellowiest

How Exciting another one of my poems was published in the Spring 2008 Endicott Review, Volume 25, Issue 1.

I Love You The Yellowiest
By Sherri Raftery, M. Ed.

I love you the yellowiest, Sabrina like
the soft pedal of a GIANT SUNFLOWER,

Like the golden, blond, highlights,
of a spinning prima ballerina

I love you as sweet, as the honey,
that drips from a honeycomb.

I love you as wide,
As, the tallest cornfield,

I love you as sharp,
As the yellow jacket’s sting,

I love you as bright,
As a firefly at night,

I love you
As warm as, the sun,

With all my MIGHT!

Love Mama


I wrote I Love You The Yellowiest in 2004 when I was in graduate school at Endicott College in Beverly, MASS earning my Masters Degree in Education with a concentration was in Arts & Learning and my daughter Sabrina was in pre-school. http://www.endicott.edu/servlet/RetrievePage?site=endicott&page=Home

Professor Dan Sklar asked the class to write a poem along with a lesson plan. One day Sabrina brought a children’s book home from her school library called I Love You the Purplest, by Barbara M. Joosse. This is one of my favorite children’s books!! I loved reading it to her and the watercolored pictures were equally gorgeous.

This book is about a mother with two sons and each of them want to know who she loves the most – her way of answering is by describing how she loves one son with the color red and the other son with the color blue because red + blue = purple. After reading the book I felt inspired to write a poem to my child using the color yellow.

I submitted it to Professor Sklar and this year it was published in the spring edition of 2008 in the Endicott Review! One of my desires has been to publish my poem into a children’s book. I am going to do something I have been wanting to do since reading Barbara’s book I Love You The Purplest to Sabrina and writing my own poem I Love You The Yellowiest - I am going to contact Barbara Joosse by email and let her know how much her children’s book inspired me to write my poem and how I too want to publish my poem into a children’s book. Wish me luck!

Barabra Joosse’s Website http://www.barbarajoosse.com/


Do you write poetry or are you a writer? Ever thought of publishing a children’s book or another book? What is stopping you? Perhaps connecting with an author who has already written a similar subject can help offer you some pointers. I will let you know what I learn from Barbara!

Read some pages and see some of the art work of I LOVE YOU THE PURPLEST to learn why as a parent I fell in love with Barbara Joosee's Book!!


“Early in the evening two young brothers and their mama finish supper in the sturdy red cabin and set out to fish. While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best. Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in the tender message that every child holds a special place in a parent's heart. Awards and honors for I Love You the Purplest: American Bookseller, "Pick of the Lists" Child Magazine, "Best Books of 1996" Jr. Library Guild selection Parents, "Best Books of the Year 1996" Council for Wisconsin Writers Archer/Eckblad Award”





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1 comment:

Craig said...

Hi Sherri

Lovely poem.

If you like sunflowers, have a look here. These are pictures of the sunflower fields in the South of France that I took in 2005.