flannel friday: superhero colors

this one is an original!  a few years ago, i was building a superhero storytime kit and realized i had zero flannel stories that worked with the theme.  i stretched b-i-n-g-o to “there was a hero had a dog and bingo was his name-o!” but that wasn’t really enough (we usually like to include at least three options in each kit!), so after a fruitless search for something suitable, i realized i was going to need to write something myself.  here’s the rhyme and a scan of the flannel pieces.  i should also mention that i did not draw the superhero girl.  i’d looked for long hours at clip art to try to find an appropriate pose and had come up completely empty-handed.  we happened to have a visiting artist do a program for us during that time and after a little wheedling, he sketched this cutie up for me. (i am totally embarrassed to admit that i can’t remember his name right now, but i’ll post it here as soon as i find it!  Jay Rath!  His name is Jay Rath.  Thanks, Jay!)  feel free to use this in your own storytimes, but if you keep records of the resources you’ve used, i’d appreciate it if you credited me for my original poem.

My Many Colored Capes

By Carissa Christner, 2009

My cape of bravery
Goes over my head
It makes me feel bold
And its color is __________ (red)

My cape of honesty
Makes villains speak true
And chases out lies
Its color is ___________(blue)

My cape of fairness
Conquers those who are mean
It makes me feel strong
And its color is _________ (green)

My cape of calmness
Makes me feel mellow
It quiets the world
And its color is ____________(yellow)

My cape of wisdom
Helps me to think
And solve tricky problems
Its color is __________(pink)

My favorite cape
Gives me a nice glow
Its all these great colors—In a RAINBOW!!!

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5 Responses to flannel friday: superhero colors

  1. THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!! I am making this right away!

  2. MelissaZD says:

    Good for you for making something up to suit your needs! This is a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  3. Krystal says:

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Heather says:

    Hi Carissa, I would like to use your “Many Colored Capes” poem and flannel story at some public libraries in New Brunswick, Canada (of course crediting you). I would also like to translate the poem into French for use here. Could I have your permission especially for the translation? Please send a response to the email address I provided with this comment. Thanks for the wonderful flannel story!

  5. Melendra Sutliff Sanders says:

    I would like to use your “Many Colored Capes” poem as part of a guest post on the Storytime Katie blog. I’ve created a folder story instead of a flannel board, but I am using the poem as you’ve written it. In my post, I’ve given credit to you for the poem and the idea the folder story is based on.
    Could I have your permission to use the poem? Please send a response to the email address I provided with my comment.
    Thank you for the great idea!

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