There's No Place Like School: Classroom Poems

Overview

A day at school is:
a. marvelous b. dreadful c. silly d. all of the above—and much, much more!

From suspicious hot lunches (yuck!), to pop quizzes (oh, no!), to recess and best friends (hooray!), everything you love—and love to hate—about school is front and center in this collection of eighteen poems by thirteen celebrated poets. One thing's for certain: there's no place like school!

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Overview

A day at school is:
a. marvelous b. dreadful c. silly d. all of the above—and much, much more!

From suspicious hot lunches (yuck!), to pop quizzes (oh, no!), to recess and best friends (hooray!), everything you love—and love to hate—about school is front and center in this collection of eighteen poems by thirteen celebrated poets. One thing's for certain: there's no place like school!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rhymes and animated watercolors bring to life every aspect of school, from bus rides to class pets, lunchtime to science tests, in this collection of 18 poems written by 13 poets including Lee Bennett Hopkins, Kenn Nesbitt, Carol Diggory Shields, and Prelutsky himself. The things kids love (“My work’s all done./ I gotta run./ Two minutes until recess”) are balanced out by the things they hate (“If homework were banished, I’d probably never/ Complain about anything, anything ever”) and often mixed with the comically gross (“Of all the magic I have seen/ My favorite, I suppose,/ Was yesterday at lunch when Mark/ Made milk come out his nose”). Ages 5-10. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 3—This collection of 18 short and funny poems by 13 different writers covers topics like riding the bus ("Sixteen boys—/fourteen girls—/Thirty pairs of sleepy eyes") to the struggles of learning cursive ("Who decides?/Who gets to choose?/Who dreams up these curlicues?"), all dear to the hearts of their intended audience. Prelutsky's "Grasshopper Gumbo" lists the offerings in the school cafeteria: "Grasshopper Gumbo/Iguana Tail Tarts/Toad À La Mode/Pickled Pelican Parts...." Manning's watercolors add colorful splashes of humor; her round-faced children are comical and cute. While this book has a lot in its favor, it's unfortunately an addition to an already crowded field of light verse about school. Libraries that have Carol Diggory Shields's Lunch Money (Dutton, 1995) or Prelutsky's What a Day It Was at School! (HarperCollins, 2006) might want to consider this title as a fun but nonessential purchase.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060823382
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 789,847
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers The Wizard, Scranimals, and The New Kid on the Block. He is also the author of Be Glad Your Nose is on your Face, a collection of his most celebrated verses. He was named the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

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