by Megan Minutillo
My name is Megan and I’m so excited to be sharing with you my Scribblinspriation! I find that stories and words can often inspire the coolest pictures! I often hear a story, and read a story, and my mind just starts to imagine all sorts of characters, shapes, situations, and pictures. One of my favorite authors is Shel Silverstein, and his book of poems, “Where the Sidewalk Ends”.
Oh my friends, this is such a wonderful book! The poems and drawings that Mr. Silverstein draws will just ignite my imagination! One of my absolute, all time favorite poems is, “Sick”.
“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut–my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu…
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?”
I picture Peggy Ann having multi-colored bumps all over her body – kind of like chicken pox, EXCEPT the bumps are all the colors of the rainbow. They are purple, pink, blue, orange, red, yellow, green, and maybe some sparkle, and maybe some are different shapes…but they are ALL over her body.
But then I picture the sun shining, all yellow and big and smiley. And then Peggy Ann’s parent says that it’s Saturday, and she realizes she’s not sick! The colored bumps disappear, and Peggy Ann is off to play with her friends, and have a new adventure.
If you like, “Sick”, and the fun drawings and stories that can come from one little poem, you should check out the rest of Shel Silverstein’s work! A light in the Attic, Falling Up, and The Giving Tree, are all favorites of mine.
So pick up a story, a crayon, a marker, and/or a pen, and start reading and scribbling! It’ll be fun.
Megan Minutillo is a high school theater, English, and creative writing teacher based in Long Island, New York. She has directed theater shows with students of all ages. Megan is also the founder of “The Write Teacher
“, an arts education company.
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