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The Fairy Book

Alexandra McKenna, Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna

The Fairy Book

Copyright © 2009 by Alexandra McKenna, Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna

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Long live Young Poets Societies!!!

Also, thanks to baby-sister Cecile-Katya for all the help and inspiration!


Once upon a time, during the summer of 2008, I was teaching my children and their friend a poetry seminar. The goal was to learn about different styles of poetry and to try our hand at writing it. We wrote haiku, senryu, ballads, cinquains, quatrains, couplets, clerihews, limericks and studied all about classic forms of English verse.

After about a month, I decided to give them each a big project to work on - a story in rhyme that had to include all the poetry styles we studied. I called it a “combination poetry style”.

I ended up writing stories together with each of the children; we had incredible fun doing it. Here is a story I wrote together with my 9 year old daughter Alexandra. It is about a girl named Isabel who has a pet iguana, loves punky stuff and hates ballet.

On the other hand, I have to say that Alexandra loves ballet, opera, punky stuff, frappuccinos and her electric guitar.

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