Written by Betsy Franco
Illustrated by Jessie Hartland
Here are excerpts from a few poems to give you a taste of this school-themed collection.
From New Kid at School
Where did you come from?
Miss your friends?
Where do you live?
What’s your name?
Call me Pete.
From Animal Reports
I might do mine on the great blue whale.
I’m thinking about the valley quail.
Or maybe I’ll try the spitting spider.
There’s always the yellow-bellied glider.
I might look up the lazy sloth.
My mom said, Do the luna moth.”
From Messing Around on the Monkey Bars
Time for recess!
Here we are,
on the monkey bars!
Hand over hand,
fast or slow,
our friends below.
Franco uses straightforward language to capture the essence of an elementary school day from the morning bus ride to the final bell in her lighthearted verse. Hartland’s humorous childlike gouache illustrations add to the fun of this collection that is sure to appeal to young children.
Click here to view an inside spread.
Click here to download a teacher’s guide.
Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George (August 2007)
Click here for the Middle School Companion Guide for Swimming Upstream.
Poetry Book Review from Blue Rose Girls
POETRY FRIDAY: This Is Just to Say. This post includes a review of Joyce Sidman’s book This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness (March 2007)
Click here for a reader’s guide for This Is Just to Say.
At Blue Rose Girls, I have a lovely poem titled FIREFLIES by Marilyn Kallet--as well as lots of pictures of my summer vacation in Maine.
The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Book Aunt.