Nice, huh? I especially love the part about “well-paced couplets that read effortlessly.”
Writing a rhymer is a big challenge. It’s hard to make those couplets read effortlessly, but that is always one of my primary writing-a-rhymer goals.
On top of telling a real-deal story, the rhythm has to be juuuuuust right.
These are just three of the strategies that have helped me write a rhymer:
- Read and analyze lots and lots of rhyming picture books. After that, read and analyze some more. And after that, read and analyze even more. In my opinion, this is one of the best ways to get a feel for what makes a successful rhymer.
- Have rhymezone.com at the ready. This is a free and fabulous resource that helps you find the perfect word. Maybe it’s a synonym. Maybe it’s an antonym. Maybe it’s a three-syllable noun. This site is a total goldmine.
- Never settle. Do I use inverted rhymes (Yoda-speak)? Nope. Do I include slanted rhymes (almost rhymes)? Nope. Do I incorporate some poetic devices (alliteration, assonance, consonance, etc.)? Yes! Employ some multi-syllabic end rhymes? Of course! Utilize some internal rhyme? Absolutely!
Example of multi-syllabic end rhyme:
She sent requests to local shops
for flowers, tools, and wood,
and trucks soon barreled down the road
to help the neighborhood.
There are two examples of internal rhyme in this stanza:
“Oh, what a mess. I must confess.
I’m really in a bind.”
But when a spider sat beside her
something came to mind.
OH! And Vanessa and I enjoyed hanging out with Mary and her nursery rhyme friends so much that a third MARY book is in the works. Look for Mary to strum up some new fun in Mary Had a Little Jam in 2024.
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Congratulations, Jen Rusin! You are the winner of a copy of Hustle Bustle Bugs.
Yay! I love Mary! This book looks like SO much fun!
Thanks, Debra! 🙂
Congratulations, Tammi! Looks clever and fun! Love the rhyming!
Thanks, Mia! 🙂
Congratulations Tammi and Vanessa! Mary is wonderful. Writing a story in rhyme is hard but you make it look so easy!
Thanks, Vijaya! 🙂
Impeccable rhyming text and delightful art! Bravo!
As a fellow rhymer, I thank you for sharing the rhymezone.com resource. I’ll check it out!
I love all your books, Tammi. Wonderful, funny stories that always offer creative opportunities for your illustrators.
Thanks, Janet! I think you’ll really enjoy using rhymezone.com!
I have always wanted to improve my rhyming text and Tammi’s books are wonderful mentor texts.
Thanks, Danielle! 🙂
Congratulations, Tammi! I love the lines you shared, and I imagine the book is just as fabulous. I look forward to reading it.
Thanks, Kim! 🙂
Wow. Genius idea. Love it!
Thanks so much, Danielle! 🙂
Congratulations Tammi! The world you and Vanessa create for Mary is always a fun one! Can’t wait to read Mary Had a Little Plan!
Thanks, Judy! 🙂
Loved Mary Had a Little Glam. I gave it to my goddaughter! I can not wait for this new one.
Thanks, Loreli! 🙂
How fun! Thanks for sharing!
🙂 🙂 🙂
I’m so excited for this sequel, Tammi! It looks and sounds fantastic!
Thanks, pal. 🙂
Congratulations! Mary Had a Little Plan sounds like a winner.
Thanks, Emma! 🙂
Congrats! I, too, am a fan of an “effortless” read written in rhyme. Cheers!
Thanks, Jilanne! 🙂
I’m always a fan of Sauer’s work, and I’m glad to see Mary is back!
Thanks, Laura! 🙂
I love this! When my daughter was younger she was definitely a Mary…glam and always with a plan!
Tammy, you are a rhyme maker extraordinaire!! Loved Marty Had a Little Glam. Can’t wait to read the 2 upcoming “Mary” books!
This looks so cute!
Congrats, Tammi! Can’t wait to read this book.
Looks like another winner for Mary and her creators–can’t wait to read.
Yay for TWO more Mary books!!!! (Excellent rhyming advice, too!)
Congratulations Tammi and Vanessa! I love the reminder / rhyming tips.
Great post! Congrats on these new Mary books! Wow. Love that you incorporated other nursery rhymes. My students will love that.
This book would be fabulous to share with my school’s first graders! It goes perfectly with the content of the community theme in their first ELA unit.
What a fun book! Congrats on the wonderful review! I enjoyed reading about your tips for a rhyming picture book. Thank you!
Love your books – and Mary Had a Little Plan is a sweet addition!
So cute! Congratulations, Tammi!
Can’t wait to read this one. Congratulations, Tammi and Vanessa!
Looking forward to reading this book!
Looks like another winner in the Mary series! 🙂 I’m so thrilled to be learning collage from Vanessa this very semester through Storyteller Academy! She’s so amazing!!