My Teacher Dances on the Desk

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Former teacher Eugene Gagliano had a front-row seat to the everyday trials of school life. In honor of all students who have ever grappled with show-and-tell missteps and problematic classmates, he's penned a clever poetry collection, My Teacher Dances on the Desk. Episodes from every aspect of school life, from visiting the school nurse to sitting next to the wrong student, are told through humorous verse. Move Me Soon I don't like sitting next to Rose. She's always picking at her nose, And chews her fingernails...
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Former teacher Eugene Gagliano had a front-row seat to the everyday trials of school life. In honor of all students who have ever grappled with show-and-tell missteps and problematic classmates, he's penned a clever poetry collection, My Teacher Dances on the Desk. Episodes from every aspect of school life, from visiting the school nurse to sitting next to the wrong student, are told through humorous verse. Move Me Soon I don't like sitting next to Rose. She's always picking at her nose, And chews her fingernails way down, And always wears a pouty frown. Black-and-white line drawings punctuate these school-year reflections. Students young and old will fondly recall their own school "daze" in My Teacher Dances on the Desk.Eugene Gagliano is known as "the teacher who dances on his desk." The recipient of the IRA's 2004 Wyoming State Literacy Award, Gene travels to schools and conferences with presentations as entertaining as they are informative. Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. Her black-and-white work is usually done in India ink with a dip pen. Tatjana lives in South Carolina.
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Children's Literature - Debby Willett
This entertaining book of poetry is targeted at elementary children, as it should be. The prose is quick, sometimes repetitive, and humorous. Most of the poetry is written from a non-gender point of view, allowing any student to easily identify with the humor. Topics of the poems are the first day of school, wanting to see the nurse, stinky sneakers, a boa constrictor, bubble gum, and more. All are fun subjects. Each poem should appeal to kindergarteners through second graders; they would be a great choice for a bedtime read, too. The title poem is the final poem, and it reinforces the fun and affection every elementary student hopes for. The cartoonish illustrations are drawn with black ink; they should appeal to small children. This poetry book would be an especially good selection for kindergarten classes. Reviewer: Debby Willett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585364466
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Picture Books
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,275,910
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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