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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689707704
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/01/1984
Series: If I Were in Charge of World Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 343,943
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Judith Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; the Lulu books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety.

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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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If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and Their Parents 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ablueidol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
banal rubbish to be avoided at all cost
jwondga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Judith Viorst knows children. She knows their hopes, their dreams, their hates, their loves, their frustrations and their joys. Viorst's audience is both parents and children alike - and these poems are fun, thoughtful, insightful and be sure to motivate kids to brush their teeth, put on their jammies and hop under the covers. These poems are so much fun to read, don't be surprised to see parents hopping into bed with their children - or keeping the book for themselves. Living in a scary modern world, this collection of poems is like adding sugar to bad-tasting medicine - it helps ease worries - again, for both parent and child. It really does. However, I am a little confused - if I were in charge of the world, I wouldn't cancel oatmeal - I'd just make it taste better! Lavishly illustrated by Lynne Cherry, this book of poems will become a staple read at bedtime. Highly recommended.
DianaHarger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book of poetry that deals with worries, and feelings that are dealt with. Humor is used throughout the poems to deal with these themes. Most of the poems contain a rhyming pattern. Imagery is used to create the mood in the poems. This book is divided into different sections of poems to help readers find topics of poems that relate to them. A index is also provided at the end of the book to help readers find the pages certain poems are on. These poems relate to myself due to the theme of common worries my friends, and family, along with my self have experienced.I would use this book to extend my classroom knowledge to discuss different worries, and feelings we all have. Another good extension idea would be to have the class write a poem together using one of these common worries, or feelings we might all possible have at some time.
htebazile More than 1 year ago
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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