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E is for Etheree and Excellent Everything

For the letter E, I bring you the etheree poetic form, a simple form that is easy to write, as well as two excellent children’s books for all ages!

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The Etheree Poetic Form

The Etheree is a simple unrhymed progressive syllabic poem of 10 lines, where syllable count equals line number. That is, the first line has one syllable, the second line two, and so on till the last/tenth line of the poem. It is fairly modern and was created by an Arkansas poet named Etheree Taylor Armstrong.

I give you the basic structure below. You can read more details about it in my earlier post here, where you can also see tips, variations, and ways to play with this form.

So the Etheree’s elements are (in its most basic form):

  • decastich: 10 line poem
  • syllabic: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 syllables by line
  • unrhymed: abcdefghij
  • themed: focuses on an idea or subject

My Etheree

Emmy Noether
super brainy
you have never heard of.
Well, now that you know of her,
What next? You wonder? That is easy
Learn about her. I’ve just the book for you!!

~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

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The Excellent E Books

Emmy Noether

Title: Emmy Noether: The Most Important Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of
Author: Helaine Becker
Illustrator: Kari Rust
Publishers: Kids Can Press; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
Genre: Children’s Biographies (6 – 9 years, and up)
Source: e-Review Copy from NetGalley and Edelweiss

In this engaging and inspiring biography, a groundbreaking but relatively unknown woman finally gets her due as one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century.

My Thoughts

This book is everything: engaging and educational, and all that is Emmy Noether. Here is what I loved about (and learned from) this book:

  • if I have to use just one word, then – everything!
  • but….there’s more to say (after all, this is me!)
  • her last name is pronounced NER-ter (not NO-ther)
  • the connection between Einstein’s general theory of relativity and Emmy Noether
  • Noether’s other discoveries and theorems that have so many impacts even today (including in Computer Sciences which was not even a thought at that time)
  • the look into how women were ignored in the sciences or rather anywhere other than where they were supposed to belong
  • the impact of antisemitism; in Noether’s case, she had to flee to the United States fearing for her life when the Nazis came to power
  • the brilliant and not to miss Author’s Note at the end of the book and additional resources there
  • how this picture book helps create an approachable yet rawly honest and wholly informative look at Noether’s life. I specially loved the focus on her as a mathematician ahead of her times, and as a woman willing to do what it takes to be able to pursue her passions
  • and last but not the least, the beautiful and stunning illustrations with a touch of humor and even shimmer (you will see what I mean when you read it)

Thank you – Helaine Becker and Kari Rust – for an amazing book about an amazing woman.

In summary

Educational, Engaging, Excellent! Get it now and ….

get it here

Every Thing On It

Title: Every Thing On It
Author, Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
Publishers: HarperCollins (September 20, 2011); and a ebook version releasing this month (HarperCollins (April 5, 2022))
Genre: Children’s Humorous Poetry (6 – 9 years, and up)
Source: Personal library

Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is! You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.

My Thoughts

This was one of the books that had still been on my TBR shelf until pretty recently. Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite authors (and I first read his books only as an adult and after I moved to the US). His books are much loved in our home and often read. The Giving Tree gives all those warm teary-eyed feels and smiles too, while many of his other collections take us on a roller-coaster of laughs, life-truths hidden in seemingly silly rhymes, and more.

As for this book, it truly lives up to its title. It has Every Thing In It!! Quirky verses, silly ones too, words of wisdom, and exceptional illustrations that are so Shel Silverstein!

From the first poem Years From Now to the last one titled When I am Gone, I realized I ended up marking way too many poems as my favorites. It might be simpler to say, I loved Every Thing In It!! But here are a few random picks from the ones I loved:

  • Masks
  • Wall Marks
  • Losing Pieces
  • Underface
  • Mermaid
  • The Problem
From the book

In Summary

Well, what more can I say?

Get it here

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear readers, have you read any of the featured books? I would love to hear your thoughts of them (if you have read them) as well as recommendations for any similar books. What do you think about the etheree form? Will you try your hand at one? If you do, I would love to read it!

Previous posts for this challenge are in links below.

Day 0 Day 1 – A Day 2 – B Day 3 Day 4 – C Day 5 – D

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13 thoughts on “E is for Etheree and Excellent Everything

  1. Love, love, love your poem today! When my granddaughter was in third grade, her teacher gave her a book from Shel Silverstein. She is now 26 and still has the book.

  2. I have never heard of this type of poem. But I have learned that my education about literature was very limited — LOL — they stuck to the boring basics in Alabama!

    We did haikus and that was about it. This would have been fun to write when I was a kid!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I loved Shel Silverstein books when I was little, but I don’t ever remember reading this particular book! I will have to look into it.

  4. That was one of my favorite Shel Silverstein books growing up! This style poem is really interesting and fun to read for me.

  5. First time to hear about this type of poem, and it sounds so interesting.
    Thanks for introducing me to Shel Silverstein I need to find her book to read.

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