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The Color of Love

reflecting on colors and the positive
images they evoke

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Student Samples: Elementary

I Love You the Yellowest
by Ben, first grade poet

Mom, I love you the yellowest.
I love you like the very yellow bright sparkling.
I love you like the warm soft coat.
The super good report cards I get,
The very bright yellow daisies growing in our yard
The cute, soft yellow stuffed bear on my bed.
Mom, I love you the yellowest.

 

 

 

 


I Love You the Whitest
by Lindsey, second grade poet

I love you, Mom, the whitest.
I love you the color of my snuggly soft pillow I sleep with at night.
I love you the color of vanilla ice cream that tastes so sweet like you.
I love you the color of puffy clouds in the blue sky.
I love you the color of laundry fresh from the dryer.
I love you the color of a glass of milk,
The Cherokee Roses that bloom in spring,
The snowman in our front yard,
The marshmallows roasting in the campfire,
The dove like on Noah’s Ark, so smart like you,
The icing on your wedding cake with the groom and bride on the top.
I love you, Mom, the whitest.

 

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The Color of Love
by Noah, third grade poet

I love you, Mom, the yellowest.
I love you the color of a yellow star brightening the sky.
I love you as your yellow-green eyes look at my eyes to make     contact.
I love you the color of a yellow flower that gives us eternal
    happiness.
I love you as a yellow sun brightens the world with heat and
    sunshine,
The yellow stars that I make a wish upon to have somebody
    special come back alive,
The bright sun that gives us sunshine in the summer.
I love you, Mom, the yellowest.

 

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Rainbow
by Julia, fourth grade poet

I love you, Lucy, the blackest, the color of your fur and
    the night sky.
I love you the brownest, the color of your ears and tail, the
    color of the chocolate cake you so want so badly.
Lucy, I love you the whitest, the color of your stomach and
    paws, the color of snow and puffy clouds.
I love you like a rainbow and your color.

The color of red velvet cake.
The color of mango.
The color of the sun.
The color of a deep green forest.
The color of the water you might unsuccessfully.
The color of the sky when the sun has just hit the horizon.

I love you, Lucy, the best dog. Ever!

 

(Click here to open/print Julia and two of her classmates' color poems)


Color of Love Poem
by Diaz, fifth grade poet

I love you, Baby Sis, the yellowest.
I love you the color of the blazing sun on a hot summer day.
I love you the color of the sunflowers tilting their heads on a summer afternoon.
The color of the sunshine on the water,
The color of daises blossoming in spring,
The color of mustard on my sizzling hot dog,
I love you, Baby Sis, the yellowest.

(Click here to open/print Diaz and four of her classmates' poems.)


I Love You the Purplest
by Maddie, sixth grade poet

I love you, Mom, the purplest.
I love you the color of a warm starry night,
The purple mountain majesty.
I love you the color of the soft mist of after rain.
The ripe, juicy bite of a plum,
The elegance of royalty,
The lilac bush waiting to be smelled.
I love you, Mom, the color of hope.

 


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