If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and Their Parents

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If you've ever had trouble apologizing or keeping a secret, had a crush or a broken heart, there's a poem here for you! Written with humor and understanding, Judith Viorst's poems are certain to delight children and adults alike — and be read again and again.

Forty-one poems reveal a variety of secret thoughts, worries, and wishes.

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Overview

If you've ever had trouble apologizing or keeping a secret, had a crush or a broken heart, there's a poem here for you! Written with humor and understanding, Judith Viorst's poems are certain to delight children and adults alike — and be read again and again.

Forty-one poems reveal a variety of secret thoughts, worries, and wishes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689707704
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1984
  • Series: If I Were in Charge of World Series
  • Edition description: 1st Aladdin Books edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 231,415
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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FIFTEEN, MAYBE SIXTEEN, THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT

My pants could maybe fall down when I dive off the diving board.

My nose could maybe keep growing and never quit.

Miss Brearly could ask me to spell words like stomach and special.

(Stumick and speshul?)

I could play tag all day and always be "it."

Jay Spievack, who's fourteen feet tall, could want to fight me.

My mom and my dad — like Ted's — could want a divorce.

Miss Brearly could ask me a question about Afghanistan.

(Who's Afghanistan?)

My mother could maybe decide that I needed more liver.

My dad could decide that I needed less TV.

Miss Brearly could say that I have to write in script and stop printing.

Chris could stop being best friends with me.

The world could maybe come to an end on next Tuesday.

The ceiling could maybe come crashing on my head.

I maybe could run out of things for me to worry about.

And then I'd have to do my homework instead.

Copyright © 1981 by Judith Viorst

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Great for classroom use

    Excellent introduction to poetry in the classroom. Can be used to teach many poetic techniques. Students can use the readings to express their own individuality and preferences in self-selection and presentation of poems. Lots of fun.

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