Bug in Teacher's Coffee and Other School Poems: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)


What really goes on at school! Funny poems and pictures explore the secret lives of school lunches, jungle gyms, pencils, and more.

A collection of simple poems depict the activities at school from the morning welcome until the closing bell.

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What really goes on at school! Funny poems and pictures explore the secret lives of school lunches, jungle gyms, pencils, and more.

A collection of simple poems depict the activities at school from the morning welcome until the closing bell.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This collection of very simple poems focuses on a typical, well maybe not typical, school day. From first thing in the morning, when the school stands ready--"My windows are shinning,/This day is brand new,/Good morning,/Good morning./I'm waiting for you." to the closing bell when the kids head on home, there is lots of good humor in both words and illustrations. The class goldfish swims around his bowl in three poems, while Jack's pencil is kidnapped and trapped in Clark's desk and a hot dog grows cold on a cafeteria tray. Join the fun. Teachers and kids might be inspired to write short poems about their own school experiences. "An I Can Read book"
Library Journal
K-Gr 2-An introduction to poetry and personification that gives voice to the everyday objects found in a school. From the "Good Morning" welcome of the building to the shrill good-bye of "The School Bell," beginning readers will be captivated by the quirky personalities of things that normally receive little notice. This wacky world of rhyme brings to life a petrified pencil trapped in a desk, monkey bars, and a slide, among other items. Reed's zany artwork is a perfect complement to the humorous poetry.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dakos's collection of 23 poems from the perspective of items found at school satisfies the I Can Read requirements of simplicity and word repetition, but may not lure beginning readers back for a second time. The material is uninspiring: The school's front door says, "Keep me shut,/I have the flu,/Achooooooooo!/Achooooooooo!/Achooooooooo!/Achooooooooo!/Keep me shut,/I have the flu." A book sings "Happy Birthday" to a ruler, then sings "Happy Unbirthday" when the ruler says that it is not its birthday. Also appearing are a couple of clever items—one on a kidnapped pencil and another on a comb pulling hazardous duty—along with some typographic elements that amiably convey the idea that words are malleable; Reed's illustrations possess geniality and character, making some inanimate objects very personable. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064443050
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Edition description: Level 2, Grades 1-3
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 412,910
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Kalli Dakos is known for her many books of poetry about school, including Don't Read This Book Whatever You Do: More Poems About School and If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School, both illustrated by G. Brian Karas. She is a reading specialist who regularly visits schools to teach poetry workshops. Ms. Dakos lives in Ontario, Canada.

Mike Reed’s pictures have appeared in Business Week and the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as in children’s books. Mr. Reed lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Jack's Pencil

I've been taken hostage
By that creepy kid, Clark.
He stuck me in his desk,
Where it's smelly and dark.

He won't let me out
And he won't give me back.
I'm sitting here yelling,
"I'm in the desk, Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!"

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Table of Contents

Good Morning 7
Front Door 9
The Class Goldfish (1) 10
Math Test 12
Bee 13
Jack's Pencil 14
Happy Birthday to You 16
The Teddy Bear in the Library 18
Comb 19
Flying Around the Classroom 20
Gym 23
Monkey Bars 24
Slide 25
David Grabs Me 26
The Class Goldfish (2) 28
Cold Dog on a Tray 29
The Bug in Teacher's Coffee 31
Schools Get Hung'ry Too 32
I'm the Teacher's Cookie 33
Ten Ants in the Classroom 34
Snowflake Peeking in the Window 38
The Class Goldfish (3) 39
The School Bell 40
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