It's here! I finished Happy Birthday, Florida! in time to have it available for the many festivities happening in and around the state as it celebrates its 500 "birthday."
When Ponce de Leon arrived and called the lovely land "La Florida" he was referring, no doubt, to the budding spring that surrounded him and his crew.
As the ending of "Florida's Name" states:
It's good he came in springtime
And not during torrential rain,
Or else our lovely Florida
Might have been named--
This book is loaded with zany and thought-provoking poems intended for the 3rd gr. to middle-school audience. But, as always, adults tell me they love the poems as much as the kids.
Happy Birthday, Florida!