Ms. Thomas' rhyme has stood the test of time from STAND BACK SAID THE ELEPHANT I'M GOING TO SNEEZE, (1971) which is still in print, to her latest, GREEN BEAN! GREEN BEAN!
GREEN BEAN! GREEN BEAN!
By Patricia Thomas
Ms. Thomas’ poetry, clever and clean,
brings us the life cycle of a green bean.
She starts with a seed that grows to a shoot and also discusses the valuable root.
The sun on the leaves producing the green that eventually leads to our yummy green bean!
Freckles and speckles and bugs seeking lunch.
Ms. Thomas’ internal rhyme packs a punch.
The back matter’s full of info for kids
And teachers can help track bean’s growth on math grids.
Or have children write their own vegetable poem
about their favorites in their gardens at home.
Wonderful words in a cumulative tale
and great illustrations in exquisite detail.
I recommend Green Bean! Green Bean!
and perhaps it will lead to green bean cuisine!
Green Bean! Green Bean! Review by Gayle C. Krause @2016
Patricia Thomas grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania where she
learned the delight of summers spent barefoot and hands digging in garden dirt.
From her teacher parents, she also learned the joy of books, reading, poetry,
and rhyme. The gardening part paid off when profits from 4-H tomato projects
helped finance tuition at Penn State University. She married her PSU
sweetheart, became a copywriter/editor, raised a family, and discovered she was
a children’s writer. Today, nearly 45 years later, her first book, Stand Back,
Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” still sends kids around the world
into gales of laughter. Her books, stories, and articles cover wide-ranging
poetic and prose styles. She has presented workshops, writing courses,
lectures, and teacher-education seminars.