Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brother Sister Poetry

It is my pleasure to share this post for Day 4 of Kathy Stemke's Book Tour for her new picture book, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Be sure to visit Kathy's blog to learn more about her tour and some exciting contests and prizes. Remember to leave a comment to enter the prize drawings! Here is my review of the book, followed by Kathy's poems and more information about her.

In Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, Kathy Stemke tells a story that children, especially those who have younger siblings, can relate to. Zachary's life takes a drastic change when a baby sister enters it. He puts on his special glasses and uses his creative imagination to become a superhero and quiet all the wild and noisy commotions that disturb her sleep. Each page of this delightful book is filled with bold, colorful illustrations by Jack Foster and has cute rhymes, which add to the fun. As an added bonus, there are games, word puzzles, a song, and rhymes at the end of the book. It's a great book for home and the classroom.

Brother and Sister Poems

Author, Kathy Stemke, and illustrator, Jack Foster, team up to bring Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep to life. Kathy includes adorable rhymes for each consonant blend that’s featured in the book; sh, br, th, ch, and gr.
This darling story illuminates the love between brothers and sisters as Zachary learns to accept this new member of his family. 

Here are some poems which express the special love found only between siblings.

My Sister, Layla

I'm really glad now that we're part
of the same family
You probably know I wasn't so at first.
I guess I was just afraid...

Afraid that there wasn't enough room
for both of us in the same family...
Afraid that I would be forgotten or
loved a little less than before you came along.
But somehow we've managed to weather all that
and grow closer too.
Now I realize how much
you've added to this family...
How much you've added to my life.

I just want to thank you
for being such a loving,
kind and patient sister….Layla.

Brothers and Sisters

As Kids, We Lived Together
We Fought, We Laughed, We Cried
We Did Not Always Show The Love
That We Both Felt Inside
We Shared Our Dreams And Plans
And Some Secrets Too
All The Memories We Share
Is What Bonds Me Now To You
We Grew To Find We Have A Love
That Is Very Strong Today
It's A Love Shared By Our Family
That Will Never Fade Away
You Are My Sister Not By Choice
But By Nature Of Our Birth
I Could Not Have Chosen A Better One
You Are The Best On Earth!

My Special Sister

I served the cake, you poured the tea
We built a house under the tree
In grown up clothes we played all parts
Secrets told, we crossed our hearts
Through all the years, the smiles and tears
First true loves ... and football cheers
I’ve never found a friend so true
I’ll love you Sis, my whole life through.

Can you think of any brother and sister poems? Can you make one up?

Kathy Stemke has a passion for writing, the arts and all things creative. She has Bachelor degrees from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, as well as graduate coursework from New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Hanging her hat in the North Georgia Mountains, she has been a teacher, tutor, and writer for many years.

As a freelance writer and ghostwriter, Kathy has published hundreds of articles in directories, websites and magazines. She is a contributing editor for The National Writing for Children's Center and a reviewer for Sylvan Dell Publishing. As a retired teacher, Kathy has several activities published with Gryphon House Publishing. Kathy is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U.

Kathy’s first children’s picture book, Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. Her next picture book, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep, was released in May of 2011. Her third picture book, Trouble on Earth Day is scheduled for release in June of 2011.

Mrs. Stemke offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog,

Be sure to visit Kathy's blog to learn more about the tour and the contests.
*     Which comic character is big, green and you would not want to make him angry?

Description: is the real name of The Atom?

ANSWER: Ray Palmer. With a Doctorate in Physics, Ray Palmer harnessed the power of a fragment of a white dwarf star by exposing it to ultraviolet light frequencies. He can shrink himself and clothing to microscopic size. He can shrink to 6 inches while keeping his weight at 180 lbs. This makes him super-dense and able to pack quite a wallop to his foes.
Remember; Every answer or comment you make during this book tour puts your name in the hat for a fantastic prize, which includes amazon gift certificates, books, superhero figurines, and much more.

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep can be found:


Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting me Connie.

Congratualations to Kurt Wilchen for answering yesterday's superhero trivia question correctly! BRAVO!!

Connie Arnold said...

Congratulations to Kurt! Kathy, I really enjoyed Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep and your brother and sister poems!

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Wow. Kathy is one busy (and educated!) writer. Loved learning more about her.

Connie, you aksed about sibling poems. I had one published in Guardian Angel Kids eZine (before I became the poetry editor ;) called "Baby Sister." Here's a link:

Topsy Turvy Land

Unknown said...

thanks Donna for stopping by.

anthony stemke said...

The brother sister relationship is really highlighted here. I like the part about..."we didn't always show the love we felt inside".
Good job ladies.

billkirkwrites said...

Very nice work on the poems and what a great topic, Kathy. I have three sisters, all younger, and no brothers. And indeed there are stories to be told....

Nicole weaver said...

Love, love the poems! great job. great idea! Congrats to you Kathy and Jack! Glad to be part of the GAP family.

Nicole Weaver
Trilingual Children's Author

Magic Carpet of 16x Books said...

Kathy, I love your book. Great story idea, mate, and the cover is delicious!!

Margot’s Magic Carpet
Kids Books With a WOW Factor!

Unknown said...

Tony, Bill, Nicole and Margot-thanks for your comments.

Margot, I hope your tour is going well too!

BarbaraB said...

How nice to commemorate this special relationship; makes me wish I had a brother.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow, Kathy has a great educational/writing background! Her new book sounds wonderful. :) Best wishes, Kathy!!!

Could the answer for day number four be the incredible hulk?