I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories

I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories

by Sam Swope
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I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories by Sam Swope

A teacher discovers how reading, writing, and imagining can help children grow, change, and even sometimes survive

A few years back, children's-book writer Sam Swope gave a workshop to a third-grade class in Queens. So enchanted was he with his twenty-eight students that he "adopted" the class for three years, teaching them to write stories and poems. Almost all were new Americans (his class included students fom twenty-one countries) and Swope was drawn deep into their real and imaginary lives, their problems, hopes, and fears. I Am a Pencil is the story of his years with this very special group of students. It is as funny, warm, heartbreaking, and hopeful as the children themselves.
Swope follows his colorful troop of resilient writers from grades three to five, coaxing out their stories, watching talents blossom, explode, and sometimes fizzle, holding his breath as the kids' families brave new lives in a strange big city. We meet Susie (whose mom was a Taoist priestess), Alex (who cannot seem to tell the truth), and Noelia (a wacky Dominican chatterbox). All of the children have big dreams. Some have big problems: Salvador, an Ecuadorian boy, must cope with a strict Pentecostal father; Soo Jung mystifies Swope with sudden silences - until he discovers that her mother has left the family. Preparing his students for a world of adult dangers, Swope is astonished by their courage, humanity, but most of all by their strength.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466843929
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 444 KB

About the Author

Sam Swope is the author of several very well-received children's books, including The Araboolies of Liberty Street, The Krazees, and Gotta Go! Gotta Go!, and of the soon-to-be-published Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants. He lives in New York City.


Sam Swope is the author of The Araboolies of Liberty Street, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! and I Am a Pencil. He lives in New York City.

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I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very inspiring book! A must read for any teacher!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing Autobiography. A story of a teacher and his kids! Heartfelt! Buy this book! It will make you laugh, cry, burst into tears of Joy! The kids in this story were so inspiring, that I now write a new story,and poems every day! I try to write in My Nature journal and Night write every day. This story will cheer you up and Inspire you to express yourself
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book on a lark because the title PIQUED my CURIOSITY.. Anyway, I'm so glad that I did, because it turned out to be one of my top reads this year! I really loved the way Sam Swope captured the children's innocence and their zest for life, a quality that all children have, even if they're backgrounds are different. Party Island and Dear Tree were great chapters, reeeeally cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this is a great book! It is memorable, tear bringing, and cute. The kid's stories with what the author thought of them was such a good idea. The melding of cultures was so awesome to read.The book really puts you into the teachers shoes. It inspires everybody to get up and write. This is a book for anyone who has a heart for kids or writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for teachers, parents, and anyone who loves kids or writing or both! This is inspiring, heart-warming, and heart-breaking. As a teacher, I was feeling jealous of Mrs. Duncan for being there to witness all of this magic!