Friday, March 6, 2009

Valentina Tereshkova- Poetry Friday

Who is Valentina Tereshkova? You mean you don't know. Read my new poem to DISCOVER.

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova
Shined as bright as any nova-
Won a special spatial race:
The first woman into space.

Today is the birthday of Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, born March 6, 1937. She became the first woman to fly into space aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.
Despite nausea and physical discomfort, she orbited the earth 48 times and spent almost three days in space. With a single flight, she logged more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts who had flown before that date. She recently won the greatest woman of the century award.


jama said...

Wow. SO cool. Thanks for making me smarter today.
Happy Women's History Month!!

Yat-Yee said...

That is some spunk and determination. Thanks for honoring her with a poem.

BTW, I'm including two of your books in my post of PF this week.

Kelly said...

Go Valentina!
Great poem to honor her!

Poetikat said...

I knew the name - say, if it was a "Millionaire" question, I'd have got it - "Jeopardy" - I'd have been in jeopardy without more info.

Good job!


Linda said...

It's amazing how poetry can teach us so much in so few words. I can't wait to share it with my eighth graders!

Mary Lee said...

Wow! Thanks for the history lesson! Thanks for delivering it in verse!

I'm headed to Cover to Cover Children's Books this weekend with the hopes that I'll leave with your new book IN MY HANDS at last!!!

Anonymous said...

How very, very cool!
Learned something new,
And in poetic form too!


Actually, I thought you had Russianized my name when I first read the caption...LOL!

poemhome said...

Thank you jama, Yat-Yee, Kelly, Poetikat,Linda, Mary Lee, and
Tereshka, I mean Teresa!

tess said...

I love that surreal photo of her.