Wednesday, June 25, 2014

away in the woods

I love children's stories. I love the meter and cadence they are written in, so like poetry, and I love that illustrations are such a big part of the enjoyment. This story is for my grandchildren and the rhyme pattern was inspired by an Appalachian counting rhyme.
I'm not sure why I thought of writing a little story about bears but now that I have, another one seems very likely. Maybe one about a bear that didn't want to go to bed.....until it started to snow. But until then, here's Away In The Woods
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Away in the woods while the snow swirled down
Slept old mother bear and her soft baby, brown
Sleep baby bear cub
Love’s all around
So he slept and he dreamed
While the snow swirled down


Away in the woods as the spring breeze blew
Woke old mother bear and her baby cub too
Eat, said the mother
Love’s fresh and new
So he nibbled and he lunched
As the spring breeze blew


Away in the woods as clouds chased the sun 
Roamed old mother bear and her little brown son
Play, said the mother
Love’s full of fun
So he capered and he climbed
As clouds chased the sun


Away in the woods through days golden bright
Away in the woods through silver summer night
Birds high above them
Love's taken flight
Mother and cub walk on
Through gold and silver light
                      

Away in the woods as autumn leaves flew
Lived an old mother bear and her young one too
Follow, said the mother
Love’s meant for you
So he rambled and he roamed
As autumn leaves flew


Away in the woods while the snow swirled down
Slept old mother bear and her soft baby, brown
Sleep baby bear cub
Love’s all around
So he slept and he dreamed
While the snow swirled down

6 comments:

Cathy said...

Glenda, I've been to enough SCBWI conferences (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) to know this would get published if you sent it to the right publisher! It's beautifully illustrated and written in just the right cadence, as you put it. Have you tried to get published? The only problem now-a-day is getting noticed. Publisher almost always only work with agents, so the real work is finding an agent that will take you on. I gave up trying to get published because it was more work than I cared to put in, especially once I found out (by going to the conferences) that my stories are not the type they're looking for--but yours are. Even if you don't pursue publishing I know your grandchildren must be thrilled with them. Will you print these out in book for them? This is why I wish I could illustrate because then I could at least have a "finished" book for my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing this. Maybe it will inspire me to try my hand at drawing once again. I'm hoping my little granddaughter will help inspire me to get past the roadblocks that keep me from giving it a try.

Glenda said...

Thanks Cathy. You are so encouraging! I will definitely work towards publishing something. That would make me so happy!!
Are you familiar with Eric Carle? He illustrates with collage and by cutting shapes from paper. I've seen several illustrators who use plasticine. I would like to quilt some pictures to use as illustrations.
Keep working on your own art. You will find what works for you.
Thanks for the tip on agents. Who knew.
You've really encouraged me.

Cathy said...

I'm so glad to hear that you want to pursue getting published. SCBWI has a Canada-West chapter: http://www.scbwicanada.org/west/ That's a good place to start because you may find a local group that meets. They will have all sorts of resources for you to get started. And if you can attend a conference you'll be able to meet publishers and agents in person. Anymore in the publishing business it's all about who you know. Talent comes first, but many talented people have been shoved to the back of the room because others who know how to put themselves and their work out there get in the front of the long line.

Cathy said...

Yes, I'm familiar with Eric Carle and have a few of his books. He has a museum in Massachusetts that's on my list of places to go one day. I've thought about using photography to illustrate some of my stories and have for one of them that I have on my Viewing Life From Inside Out website. They aren't my photographs, though....just ones I found on the web so I could never actually get the story published for that reason. But I think watercolor drawings are the best illustrations and that is what I aspire to.

Glenda said...

I will check out the SCBWI here in the west. Lots of good suggestions.Thanks Cathy.

Glenda said...

I know what you mean about watercolor. Or pastel or pen and ink.....Our eyes are drawn to those interpretations of reality even more than to reality itself.