I am so very happy and grateful to announce that my children’s picture book, Happy Haiku, has come full circle, and is now out in the world! My dream to write a children’s picture book of contemporary haiku has come to fruition. My sincere thanks to Jim Kacian, David McMurray and Michael Rehling for their kind support.
These 26 delicious scenes retrieved from childhood help us, young and old, to revisit those times and to share them anew. Not the cookie-cutter haiku you’ll find in similar books, Liz Crocket’s work will introduce your child (and perhaps you!) to the way contemporary haiku has evolved over the past half-century, and perhaps inspire you to capture your own special moments in the same fashion.
— Jim Kacian, Editor-in-Chief, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years
Elizabeth Crocket has filled this book with happy stories from nature, lessons on life, great ideas for children to try, and lots of family love. The 26 haiku–as many as the letters in the alphabet—present fine examples of alliteration “birthday bat”, expression “cutting teeth”, suspense “suddenly…” and hinge questions, “do you love me?” Short and simple to read on 3-lines following the form of traditional Japanese poetry, these haiku can inspire children from as early as two to become creative writers too. – David McMurray (Asahi Haikuist columnist in Japan)
Happy Haiku is now available worldwide on Amazon, and can be ordered at any major bookseller. For those in the Burlington/Hamilton/Oakville area, please join me for a book launch celebration at A Different Drummer Books on September 29, at 1:00 pm. Everyone welcome!
As you know, I often end my blog posts with a quote…this one sums up how I’m feeling today.
Quote: Dear old world,’ she murmured, ‘you are lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you!” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables