First Food Fight This Fall and Other School Poems

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When school days roll around again, this is the perfect collection to get children back in the mood. Written by acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer, First Food Fight This Fall serves up a heaping helping of wit and humor. Each short, appealing verse is told in the voice of one or more of the pupils. Together, they paint a funny and touching picture of everyday life in the classroom: the friendly feuds, sandwich trades, field trips, science fair; the subjects kids like, the ones they ...
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Overview

When school days roll around again, this is the perfect collection to get children back in the mood. Written by acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer, First Food Fight This Fall serves up a heaping helping of wit and humor. Each short, appealing verse is told in the voice of one or more of the pupils. Together, they paint a funny and touching picture of everyday life in the classroom: the friendly feuds, sandwich trades, field trips, science fair; the subjects kids like, the ones they don’t, their troubles and triumphs.
Artist Sachiko Yoshikawa’s lively and engaging illustrations—which feature collage and mixed-media techniques—add to the delight, from her first picture of a school bus decked with a “Yay! First Day!” banner to the sunshine-filled final day of the year.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Cartoon pictures of twelve multicultural students appear on the end pages, introducing the classmates as they begin the school year. Each of the 29 poems is attributed to one or more students. Dylan provides identifying characteristics as he describes entering the school bus on the first day. Amy and Malik tell about their pen fight. Kwan celebrates the joy of cleaning erasers. Laksmi sleeps through poetry time. Other students discuss spelling, math, and games at recess. Cory and Mirasol pay tribute to the custodian who goes into both the boys' and girls' restrooms. School staff will quake at the exuberant food fight during lunch, although the students do help to clean up the mess in the next poem. Other topics include Valentine's Day, the science fair, a field trip, and a water fight. The last day of school is honored with a list of "last" things. The poetic quality is uneven, but the poems are energetic and fun. Colorful, active illustrations add to the joy of the book. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

Twenty-nine poems, in the voices of a dozen children who ride the school bus together, depict various activities that take place in and out of the classroom. Bright, cartoon illustrations in acrylics, pastels, and collage capture the youngsters' boundless energy. From a food fight in the cafeteria and its disastrous aftermath-a virtual indoor storm in the lunchroom-to a joyous ode to field day at year's end, these poems resonate with mischievous good cheer. Characters represent a cross-section of race and color. This collection will surely strike a familiar note with young readers.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Lively and engaging acrylic-and-pastel illustrations that include bits of lace, fabric and other found items accompany 29 poems describing the school experiences, from first day to last, of a middle-grade class. A variety of styles are included: haiku, quatrain, acrostic, free verse and others. Most of the poems are no more than ten to 12 lines and are written in the students' voices, with child-appealing topics like "Tag" and "The Class I Hate." The title poem may make school administrators cringe, as food flies across the double-page spread: "A cafeteria ballad- / it started with tossed salad . . . / (That lettuce really flew! / We're glad it wasn't stew!)" Happily, the following poem, "Indoor Storm," finds everyone pitching in to clean up the disaster. The interesting combination of identifiable poetic forms and Yoshikawa's amusing illustrations should make this a popular choice for classroom reading, as students recognize at least some of their own school experiences (though, one hopes, not food fights) in the poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402741456
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 686,015
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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