This Is Just to Say

This Is Just to Say

Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

Book - 2007
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When Mrs. Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them into a book. Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back. This poetry collection covers an array of highly relatable topics, from first love, absent parents, and sibling spats to missing hamsters, stolen doughnuts, and dodgeball. A great way to jump-start poetry lessons. Collage illustrations add a touch of whimsy.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2007
ISBN: 9781428735682
Characteristics: 47 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Zagarenski, Pamela, - Illustrator

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Jul 11, 2016

Just wanted to see this book for its beautiful illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski and was pleased to find a treasure of kids poetry dedicated to Kenneth Koch's "Rose, Where Did You Get That Red," one of my faves of all time. These poems were funny, touching, and altogether enjoyable, especially the poem "It Was Quiet" written by Tenzin to his dog Einstein, as an apology for having to put him down, and Mr. Johnson's response poem to Tenzen letting him know "Losing Einstein" in that way was how a dog should go: with you loving him and he loving you back.


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