January 11, 2013
Toes in My Nose and Other Poems
by Sheree Fitch
The year 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of Sheree Fitch's first poetry collection, Toes in My Nose. It launched her career as one of Canada's best nonsense poets, on par, or even better than, Dennis Lee. Now reissued by Nimbus Publishing and newly illustrated by Sydney Smith, a new generation of children can enjoy Fitch's unique brand of whimsy and wordplay.
Here's a poem featuring one of her beloved characters:
Mabel Murple's house was purple
So was Mabel's hair
Mabel Murple's cat was purple
Mabel Murple's bike was purple
So were Mabel's ears
And when Mabel Murple cried
She cried terrible purple tears.
Sheree Fitch has written many books; for a complete list, visit her website at http://shereefitch.squarespace.com/.
In 1997, Fitch also wrote a book commissioned by UNICEF called If You Could Wear My Sneakers: A Book About Children's Rights. The resulting humorous poems raise awareness of worldwide children's rights through their interpretation of fifteen articles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The playful illustrations by Darcia Labrosse help children understand that they have the right to play, to go to school, and to be protected from war.