Orel will be reading Thelonious Mouse, a picture book, winner of the Crystal Kite from SCBWI New York Metro Region, at a Celebration of the picture book hosted by Kidlit TV on Friday, March 3, along with other authors.

She has poems published and forthcoming in Light Poetry Magazine, Lighten Up Online, and Poetry Bay. Two of the latest:

Orel will be appearing at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, Long Island on October 15, 2016, for a workshop (for adults) on poetry inspired by art.

She was a finalist in the Long Island Light competition and was awarded a first prize in the haiku contest, 2014, by the Performance Poets Association, Long Island, for this haiku:

Spring fog in the park:
Young ducks and old statues
wear fresh coats of down.

You can read another poem about ducks (for children) in the center of this page, illustrated with some of the adorable, animated singing ducklings in Orel's poetry app for iPad, A Word's a Bird, Spring Flies By in Rhymes. The poems on this page, like the app, are all illustrated by Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie.

The app has illustrations as poetic as the text. Tunes composed on the singing, flowering shoots of April are sung by animated ducklings. A treat for all ages that can be played over and over!

Planting Poems

For budding poets, I am planting some new and old poems on this page, some of them inspired by the creatures that appear in A Word's a Bird, my bilingual iPad app, illustrated in glorious watercolor by Jeanne de Sainte Marie. The poems on this page are not in the app, which has pictures and sounds that appeal to even the youngest children. Touch-activated glossaries unlock a world of metaphors.

I would love to plant some poems in your school. I am comfortable with all age groups. Contact me.

Even small children can make the ducks sing in the app A Word's a Bird (links at top of page).

Touch the flowers of May in the app to open them and see the bees at work.

From Metaphors & Similes You Can Eat (Scholastic, 2003)

Selected Works

iPad App, Poetry
"A Word's a Bird slows down the frantic speed of most apps for children to fit the slower pace of Nature. The beauty of the illustrations, the meticulous work of the artists, and the interactive play combine to make a wondrous learning experience, a terrific way to expose children to poetry, art and Nature itself."
--Billy Collins, Poet Laureate
of the United States from 2001-2003

"A truly enchanting and poetic journey, this application is a treat for the eyes and ears..."
-- iPadou

“In perhaps the app’s most engaging feature, tapping out any melody on the lilies causes the ducklings to mimic it.”
--Kirkus Reviews
Picture book (ages 4-7)
"Replete with scat-y, cat-and-mouse–y wordplay, this is giggle-worthy fun."
--Kirkus Reviews
"The hip rhythms and tongue-twisting humor in this jazzy, poetic, fun-to-read-aloud book make it a keeper your child will want to read over and over again."
--Cricket Magazine online
— “Getting the beat and the tongue-twisting phrases just right takes some practice, but the outcome is well worth the effort.”
— "Children will cheer for this rascally oddball rebel."

Thelonious Mouse got his name from the great American jazz composer and pianist, Thelonious Monk. This jazzy mouse risks his tail and more to fierce Fat Cat, because Thelonious has “too much music in him to stuff into a mouse hole.” Yet beneath the sometimes scary hilarity, young readers discover a vital message: It takes courage to be all we can be.

Thelonious Monk showed that creative courage all his life, persevering with his unique style of music when others called him “eccentric.” He was also a devoted family man, who composed songs for his son and daughter.
Orel Protopopescu is a poet of lyrical mastery and ease—and this, her initial volume of verse!
--Vince Clemente
Poetry and history (grades 5 and up)
Thirty-five poems, from the Han dynasty to the modern era, in English and Chinese. “It's about as close to Chinese literature as young English-speaking readers can get.”
--School Library Journal

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