2017: Micha Archer reads Daniel Finds a Poem


>>Hi, my names is Micha Archer
and I am here to read my book, “Daniel Finds a Poem”. This is Daniel and
that’s Chipmunk. And Daniel Finds a Poem is part of the Pennsylvania
One Book program, which is a wonderful
program that I am so happy to be part of. So, let’s begin. Daniel finds a poem. Daniel sees a cricket. Daniel knows all the rocks,
trees and animals in the park. He’s meeting Dog right now. And some birds watching him. And there’s squirrels. Even a kitty. On Monday morning, Daniel sees
something new on the park gate. A sign reads “Poetry in the
Park: Sunday at 6 o’clock”. There’s the sign. “What is poetry?” Daniel says. He looks up in surprise when
he hears Spider say, “To me, poetry is when morning
dew glistens”. Can you do this with your hands? Morning dew glistens. Let’s see what happens next. On Tuesday, Daniel
climbs the old oak tree. He sees Squirrel. “Squirrel, do you
know what poetry is?” Let’s see what Squirrel says. “Poetry is when crisp leaves
crunch,” Squirrel tells him. Can you do this when you
say, “Crisp leave crunch”? So now we have morning dew
glistens, crisp leaves crunch. Alright. After Tuesday
is, Wednesday. On Wednesday, Daniel calls
into Chipmunks hole, “Chipmunk, can you tell me what poetry is?” There’s Chipmunk hiding
in his little hole, in his nest with some acorns.>>Poetry, hmm. “Poetry is a home with many
windows and an old stone wall.” Can you do this, be like
a Chipmunk and peeking out of the old stone wall. So now we having morning dew
glistens, crisp leaves crunch, there’s a home with many
windows in an old stone wall. So after Wednesday is, Thursday. On Thursday, Daniel makes a
boat with a leaf for a sail and watches the wind
carry it across the pond. He calls quietly to frog,
“Frog, what is poetry?” “Poetry,” says frog. “Is a cool, pool to dive in.” So you all know how to dive, put
your hands like this and dive. Good. So we have morning dew
glistens, crisp leaves crunch, there’s a home with many
windows in an old stone wall, cool pools to dive in. What’s after Thursday? Friday. On Friday, Daniel
parts the cattails – these are cattails
— and finds turtle. “Hello turtle, I
have a question. Do you know what poetry is?” “I think poetry is
sun-warmed sand”. Can you do this? everyone loves to live
in the sun warmed sand. So now we have morning dew
glistens, crisp leaves crunch, there’s a home with many
windows in an old stone wall, cool pools to dive in,
sun warmed sand to lie in. After Friday is, Saturday. On Saturday afternoon,
Daniel finds Cricket in the shade of the slide. He likes it where it’s cool. When the shadows are long, Cricket fills the
air with music. “Is this poetry to you Cricket?” “Singing at twilight
when the day is done? Indeed, it is Daniel.” So crickets make their
sounds, their singing, by running their
fore wings together. And on their fore wings
there’s these little bumps so when they cross each other
they go [makes cricket sound]. Can you do that? So now we have morning dew
glistens, crisp leaves crunch, there’s a home with many
windows in an old stone wall, cool pools to dive in,
sun warmed sand to lie in, singing at twilight
when the day is done. Okay. Let’s see what
happens next. That night, moonlight
fills Daniel’s room. He hears a — have
to make an owl sound. [making owl sound] Leaning from
his window he calls to Owl, “Owl, what is poetry?” Do you see where
Daniel is right there?>>”Oh, poetry. Poetry is bright
stars in the branches. Moonlight on the
grass and silent wings to take me wherever I go. Goodnight dear Daniel,”
she whispers. And flies off into the night. So when we do this we’re
going to go bright stars in the branches, moonlight on
the grass and the silent wings to take me wherever I go. So let’s do it all
together, ready? Morning dew glistens, crisp
leaves crunch, there’s a home with many windows in
an old stone wall, cool pools to dive in,
sun warmed sand to lie in, singing at twilight when the
day is done, bright stars in the branches, moonlight
on the grass and silent wings to take me wherever I go. Okay. It was a Saturday night. What comes after Saturday? Finally! On Sunday, the
sun wakes up Daniel, he’s happy when he
remembers it’s Sunday. “Today is poetry in
the park,” says Daniel. “And I have a poem”. Okay. Let’s see where
he’s going to go. There he is at the park. Oh, look at all of his
friends and family are there. And look who else is here. Frog, Chipmunk, Turtle,
Squirrel, Spider, Cricket, and Owl. So now, we can all say
the poem with Daniel. So, would you stand up
nice and tall and be proud and now we’re going to
say it all with Daniel. Ready? Morning dew
glistens, crisp leaves crunch, there’s a home with many
windows in an old stone wall, cool pools to dive in,
sun warmed sand to lie in, singing at twilight when the
day is done, bright stars in the branches, moonlight
on the grass and silent wings to take me wherever I go. And there’s another page. On the way home, Daniel stops to watch the sunset sky
reflecting in the pond. “That looks like poetry to me”. “To me, too,” said Dragonfly. And that’s the end. So the way I make these
pictures is I use scissors to cut out the shapes. So I create all kinds of
papers for myself to work with and then I cut them out. And cutting out makes is to I have these nice,
sharp, clean edges. And I can make all
kinds of decisions. So these papers are made
with tissue paper layering and then I use these
homemade stamps so that I can get great
patterns to work with. On this one I used a great
hole puncher that punches out a whole bunch of
different sized holes at once. And then I glued them
onto the spider web, so I had to learn how to
make a spider web just like a spider does and then
put all these drops on it. So it’s fun, collage is fun. You should try it. See all these? I cut out all these leaves. Sometimes I fold the paper
so I can cut out two at once. So that’s how I do it. Thank you. [Music]

1 thought on “2017: Micha Archer reads Daniel Finds a Poem

  1. Love how she exudes the joy of creativity and involves us in the process.

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