“Hailstones and Halibut Bones” (Adventures in Color)
by Mary O’Neill A Treat for All the Senses
This book is a treasure! I bought “Hailstones and Halibut Bones” (Adventures in Color) when I was teaching third grade, and no other poetry book touched my students like this one did. After reading it aloud slowly, in order to savor each color, children wrote verses to express their feelings about their favorite color or colors.
We used watercolor to explore a gradient wash on paper. After it dried, students copied their poem and carefully printed it on the painted paper. Later we mounted them on colored construction paper and hung them on the wall.
Another creative idea is to have students write about 4 or 5 colors and staple the sheets together into a book. Let your imagination run wild and your students will enjoy learning about writing prose. We didn’t worry about making anything rhyme, it was a short piece of delightful prose.
Everyone read and enjoyed the creative work of the other students. I love reading this book for my own pleasure too. It stimulates my creativity.