Mallory L. Mims

Author: Shel Silverstein

Title: Christmas Dog

Book: Falling Up

Why this poem?  Shel Silverstein holds a place in my childhood memory. I remember his books most when I was in elementary school. My teachers would have a series of Shel Silverstein’s books in our classroom library. I always picked up his books because they are full of poems. I was also drawn to the simple illustrations on the front cover. I do not have one favorite poem by Shel Silverstein but I wanted to choose one that involved a dog. I loved Christmas Dog because this poem vividly displays a precious dog on Christmas Eve. I think Shel Silverstein has the best childlike poems!

Christmas Dog

Tonight’s my first night as a watchdog,
And here it is Christmas Eve.
The children are sleepin’ all cozy upstairs,
While I’m guardin’ the stockin’s and tree.

What’s that now–footsteps on the rooftop?
Could it be a cat or a mouse?
Who’s this down the chimney?
A thief with a beard–
And a big sack for robbin’ the house?

I’m barkin’ I’m growlin’ I’m bittin’ his butt.
He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.
I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air.
I’ve frightened the whole bunch away.

Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again,
The stockin’s are safe as can be.
Won’t the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow
And see how I’ve guarded the tree.

I lost a special friend today

the kind you can’t replace,

and looking at her empty bed

I can still see her face.

I know she’s in a special place

our Lord has for such friends,

Where meadows, fields, and flowers

help make them strong and whole again.

I know she’s watching over me

She’ll be with me when I cry,

So with one more kiss on her beloved head

I told my friend goodbye.

This poem is for Sumiko

Little girls are made of flowers

Colors of peach and soft as fur

The best can hang with the rest

Make yourself happy. Make yourself happy

.                                                              Don’t worry child

.                                                             Count the steps of the sun

.                                                             The sun is generous

Seek after your journey .    Seek after your journey

The best has yet to come. The best has yet to come

Dance in your vivid mint dress

The flowers kiss your cheeks

You will blush

Their love did seek.             Their love did seek

Hurry child

.                                                           Your journey of love and life awaits

For Spring Break I will be traveling back home to Lexington, NC. I did not want to go on a trip because I wanted some down time at home. While I am home I will be enjoying family, friends, and home cooked meals! During this time I will also be babysitting two kids that I have watched grow-up over the past four years. While this isn’t very exciting, I know I will get peace of mind! Being home with my family let’s me feel at ease and I can let all the stresses of school disappear. I will be coming back to Boone next Sunday to work and start the daily grind of this busy life we all live!

Happy travels everyone!

I always miss seeing my sweet baby-girl when I come home! For the past four months it has been hard coming home and her not being here.  She would see me coming down the drive and get a running start to my car door squealing with excitement like she had many adventures to tell me!

Wangari’s Trees of Peace


Smart, Determined, Confident, Encouraging

Daughter of a hard-working mother

Lover of the environment, learning, and changing Africa

Who feels anticipation, anger, happiness

Who finds happiness in planting trees where they are being cut down

Who needs to change the world

Who gives her whole self

Who fears barren land, government, little resources for living

Who would like to see lost trees in her own backyard

Who enjoys mother nature

Who likes to wear a veil when working on the farm

Resident of Kenya


My favorite line out of this book is “Right is right, even if youre alone.” This line is beautiful and ties into the story with great emotion!

Informational texts have relatively stayed the same throughout the years. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? is an example of something I saw in elementary school. I would see basic things on the page about animals, letters, and numbers. This is still represented today in many informational texts. I feel there is more texture in the books today then when I was in elementary school. Pages have pieces that are fuzzy for sticky. One of my fondest memories of texture and feel is the book The Icky Sticky Frog. We were at Barnes and Noble when it was sitting on the shelf calling my fingers. I loved touching the tongue while reading! So much fun! There are a lot of pictures in informational texts. The pictures are a great representation of what the book is about. Many pictures are cartoons or illustrated according to the personality of the book. It would help children to visualize what they are reading to see the actual thing; an example would be a visit to the zoo. I love informational text. They are a great supplement to classrooms and children for their everyday learning!

At dusk

running through the swamp

creeping through the woods

in clearing

the safe haven.


In a dust cloud

at night fall

Harriet walks.


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