Bill Littlefield's 'Take Me Out:' Sports Poetry For Children

There is poetry in sports and in Bill Littlefield's new book for children, there is sports in poetry. Take Me Out is a collection of verse celebrating everything from race car drivers to mumblety-peg to the Olympics.

With the same sense of fun and imagination that he brings to Only A Game every week, Bill illuminates the rings, rinks, fields, frustrations and joys of sports and games. Here's a sample:

What Racers Do

Racers race. That's what they do,
And they are fast, and noisy, too.
(Of quiet they are quite bereft,
Driving fast and turning left.)

Through headphones, as they speed along,
They hear instructions like a song
Screeching in the treble clef:
"Keep driving fast and turning left!"

Precisely where it had begun,
The race will end. It will be won,
For someone opposite of last
Kept turning left and driving fast

You can learn more and purchase a copy at the Take Me Out page here.


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