Each of the sixteen poems in Honey, I Love is spoken straight from the perspective of a child. Riding on a train, listening to music, playing with a friend…each poem elicits a new appreciation of the rich content of everyday life. The poems are accompanied by both portrait and panorama drawings that deepen the insights contained in the words.
This beloved book of poetry is a Reading Rainbow Selection, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and the winner of George C. Stone Center for Children’s Books’ Recognition of Merit Award.
Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield Poetry Workshop in English and Spanish
Goals: (1) To introduce students to a famous African American poet, Eloise Greenfield, and her poetry language and rhythm (2) To engage students in writing their own poetry about what they love in their lives
Skills: Listening, comprehending, making connections with literature to their own lives, using the writing process, reciting poetry
Download Honey I Love Activity from Teaching for Change
Download Spanish Translation of Honey I Love
Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield
Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Published by HarperCollins on 1986
Genres: African American, Family, Poetry
Reading Level: Early Childhood, Grade K, Grades 1-2
Review Source: Teaching for Change
Also by this author: The Great Migration, The Women Who Caught the Babies
To one young narrator, it's the simple things that mean the most, like sharing laughter with a friend, taking family rides in the country, and kissing her mama's arm.
When this poem was first published in 1978 in Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, Eloise Greenfield reminded us that love can be found just about anywhere. Now, twenty-five years later, she and celebrated children's book artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist present a stunning, newly illustrated anniversary edition that invites readers to celebrate the simple joys of loving and living.
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