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Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems (I Can Read Series: Level 2)

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From the very first day of the school year, there is so much to do! So grab your backpack, hop on that school bus, and don't forget your lunch. Whether you're practicing for the spelling bee or getting ready for the big school play, there isn't a moment to lose!

Lee Bennett Hopkins delivers an assortment of twenty spectacular poems from writers such as Jane Yolen, Alice Schertle, and J. Patrick Lewis that are perfect for show-and-tell. Sachiko ...

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Overview

From the very first day of the school year, there is so much to do! So grab your backpack, hop on that school bus, and don't forget your lunch. Whether you're practicing for the spelling bee or getting ready for the big school play, there isn't a moment to lose!

Lee Bennett Hopkins delivers an assortment of twenty spectacular poems from writers such as Jane Yolen, Alice Schertle, and J. Patrick Lewis that are perfect for show-and-tell. Sachiko Yoshikawa's vivid illustrations are sure to delight the whole class!

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ALA Booklist
“Targeted straight to emerging readers . . . these reassuring poems will find an accepting audience among both young and listeners.”—
Kirkus Reviews
This well-chosen anthology focuses on classroom and schoolyard experiences and is just right for beginning readers in primary grades. Poems both reward and challenge children with satisfying words like "pineapple" and "tarantula" (the latter successfully mastered in a spelling bee). Various poetic forms, rhyme patterns and techniques are explored. Alice Schertle's "Question" is a haiku: "Pencil stub, I must / ask myself: How many more / poems are in you?" Louis Phillips's existential chuckler "The Eraser Poem"-well, erases itself. Others examine the mundane (from backpack to lunch bag); the momentous ("School Play") and the minute-Ann Rousseau Smith's "Buzz" chronicles a bee's classroom visit. Yoshikawa's cheerily simple mixed-media pictures depict children, teachers and a swirl of objects against colorful full-bleed backgrounds, taking early-reader illustrations to a welcome new level. An attractive table of contents and index of authors and titles complete the package. This title in the long-standing I Can Read series should sell itself in bookstores and should be a first purchase for libraries. (Early reader/poetry. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060741129
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,429,788
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Noted poet Lee Bennett Hopkins has edited or authored numerous books for children, including the I Can Read Books Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees; A Pet for Me: Poems; and the ALA Notable Children's Book Surprises. The recipient of a Christopher Award and the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," Mr. Hopkins lives in Florida.

Sachiko Yoshikawa moved to the U.S. from Japan in 1988 to study art. She has lived in California, Arizona, Oregon, East Africa and currently, in Washington state. She is the illustrator of What is Science? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

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