Introduction: Ask several students to tell about one of their mother's features or behaviors that makes them feel warm and
snug. Also, review the Spanish term "cancion verde" which means green song. (Note: Cancion should have accent over
the "o." Unfortunately, this web page author does not know how to make that happen on her word processor).
Song to Mothers
Your laugh is a green song,
through our house,
its yellow blooms smelling
like warm honey.
Your laugh peels apples
and stirs their cinnamon bubblings,
then opens a book and pulls me
onto your lap.
At night, your laugh kisses
us soft as a petal, smooths my pillow
and covers me, a soft leafy blanket,
green and yellow.
I snuggle into your laugh,
your cancion verde
and dream of growing
into my own green song.
Poem by Pat Mora
Mora, Pat, editor. Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers. Illustrated by Paula S. Barragan M. New York, Lee & Low Books,
2001, unpaged. ISBN: 1584300191.
Extension: a) Read the poem first, and then ask the whole class to read the poem with you several times. Next, invite
students to illustrate the poem. Do not show them the illustration in the book until they have finished their illustrations.
b) Discuss the following questions. Which of your mother's traits do you admire and hope to develop? Why? What kind of mother
or father would you like to be?