Friday, June 12, 2020

Stella Endicott and the Anything -Is-Possible Poem {Poetry Friday}

Poetry can be daunting for some.  It can be daunting for readers.  It can be daunting for writers.  I love when I can find a picture book with poetry woven in naturally and poetry is made to look more easily accessible.  Kate DiCamillo does just that with her newest book, out this month.  Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible is the next installment in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series, an extension of the adorable fun loving Mercy Watson series.

The begins on the first day of second grade.  Miss Liliana is Stella's new teacher and together they begin a poetry writing unit the second week of school.  The first poem assignment needed to have a metaphor.  Stella feels writer's block and goes to visit Mercy Watson for inspiration.  She's inspired and writers about her moments there.  Her friend Horace doesn't believe a pig sits on the couch and judges Stella's work immediately.  The story continues as their friendship works on this conflict between the two of them.

Readers will learn that poetry can have curiosity and courage.  Poems can have the possible and impossible.  Poetry can have patterns and surprises.  It was really fun to see metaphor examples during the part when Stella and Horace are stuck in the janitorial supply closet.  

Thank you Irene Latham at Live Your Poem for hosting Poetry Friday today.

Thank you Candlewick Press for this advanced readers copy.


  1. I shared this a few weeks ago & love reading another story from Deckawoo Drive & about poetry, too! It's terrific!

  2. Gotta love a teacher who starts the year with a poetry unit! (points at self) And a book that helps kids understand metaphor in such a fun way! Win-win.

  3. I can't wait to get this book! Thank you for reminding me to order it!

  4. Oh, I haven't heard of this title yet. Thanks for the intro.