This is an excellent resource to teach students how to write a haiku. The storyline models the technique and gives great examples. This is definitely a book for teachers of poetry!
NetGalley Reviewer, March 2015
What a creative way to introduce young writers into the different poetic forms and devices! Poetry Builders takes the reader into the process of writing a specific type of poem by watching its creation unfold between the two main characters. Discussion between the two main characters eventually leads the reader into watching the creation of a poem. Creative wriing exercises included.
Irving Independent School District, February 2012
This book is one in a series titled Poetry Builders. It defines an acrostic and teaches students how to write one in a way that is both educational and entertaining. This book can be used as a read-aloud or it can be put in a poetry center for students to use independently. There is enough information for students to adequately understand how to write an acrostic, and also gives tips on how to improve on already written acrostics. It includes a glossary, more information, and websites.
Richmond Public Schools, October 2011
This series - Poetry Builders - is a user-friendly introduction to poetry and guide to writing poems. Each book in the series defines a different type of poetry and offers instruction on how to write the poem. The books should appeal to both students and teachers, as they make poetry "approachable."
Garland Independent School District, June 2011
Additional recommended books in selected series highlighted in this issue's Spotlight on Series Nonfiction: With their galloping rhythm and twists of gleeful humor, limericks offer an accessible, gun introduction to verse. Illustrated with candy-colored cartoons, this title in the Poetry Builders series uses the framework of a simple story about neighborhood kids to offer an overview of limerick-writing, including the poem’s length, rhythm, and structure as well as the surprise ending that’s often like a punch line. Delivering the basic information through a conversation among young people is certainly purposeful, but as the characters clarify the facts, students will find their own questions answered. Woven into the dialogue are the characters’ attempts to create limericks of their own, some of which fall flat, and young readers will take heart from these varying successes, which suggest that the point is to play around and have fun with the form, not worry about perfect lines. A closing spread offers more straightforward tips on limerick composition, while a final resource section includes a very brief glossary and a list of poetry-writing books and resources.
Booklist, April 1st, 2011
The following titles were recommended in The Series Roundup-New Spring Titles in the April 1 issue of Booklist
Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic by Victoria Peterson-Hilleque, ISBN 9781599534336
Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem by Lisa Bullard, ISBN 9781599534374
"Henry and Hala Build a Haiku" is part of the Poetry Builders series using a picture book format to instruct students in grades 2-4 in the how-to's of creating poetry in specific forms. Fun approaches to writing haiku poetry are described along with specific steps that describe a good creative and refining process. Kids will enjoy the "zing" of creating a good haiku and will clamor for more. "Henry and Hala Build a Haiku" is complete with a glossary and a list of resources for budding haiku authors. Also recommended titles in this Poetry Builders series are the following: Sophie and Sadie Build a Sonnet; Luke and Leo Build a Limerick; Connor and Clara Build a Concrete Poem; Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem; Penelope and Pip Build a Prose Poem; Rena and Rio Build a Rhyme; Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic.
Children's Bookwatch, February 2011
Writing haiku poems is explained with examples through a storyline with two child characters. This is a very palatable way to introduce primary students to the concepts of haiku. The book concludes with two pages of "how to," glossary, index, and list of other sources.
Book Buzz, April 2012