If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems about School

If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems about School


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For every student who’s ever worried about spending a lifetime in the third grade and for every teacher who’s faced a class where nobody remembered to bring milk money, these thirty-eight poems capture the excitement, challenge, heartbreak, and wonder of life in elementary school. Through her fresh, lively word pictures, Dakos manages to find surprises in every corner of the school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689801167
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 477,392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Kalli Dakos is an elementary school reading specialist who has written many books,including Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, and two illustrated by G. Brian Karas: Don't Read This Book, Whatever You Do! More Poems About School and the Children's Choice Award-winning book If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School. Kalli visits schools all over the United States and Canada to talk to students. She also gives teacher workshops. She lives in Ottowa, Canada ,and Sterling, Virginia. You can learn more about Kalli at www.kallidakos.com.

G. Brian Karas has illustrated many children’s books, including Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! And Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming; Incredible Me by Kathi Appelt; the High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant; and Ivan by Catherine Applegate, which was a New York Times bestseller. His books have been named ALA Notables, Booklist Editor Choices, SLJ Best Books, and Boston Globe Horn Book Honor books. He lives in upstate New York. Visit him online at GBrianKaras.com.

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If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems about School 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
julieah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of all the ups, downs, surprises, and daily routines in an elementary school, If You¿re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, will surely be pleasurable for any young reader. Filled with 38 poems and black and white illustrations on every page, this compilation of poems is a perfect edition in any elementary classroom. Witty and poignant, Dakos gives accurate representations of the challenging and exciting days in any elementary classroom. Filled with animated word pictures, the reader gets a sense of how teachers and students feel and interact in a humorous way. This book would be a great in a classroom or school library, as well as a great resource during poetry units in school.
lhanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children love hearing of trials and tribulations that they face at school but always in the context of it happening to omeone else. This is a collection of poems is all about school and the problems that kids go through during the school years.This book would be entertaining not only for your begining readers but also for older readers too. The younger kids can sit and listen as the older ones can curl up and read it on their own.We could utilize this book in an number of ways. We could use it as a read aloud lesson with a group discussion, using this opportunity to talk about things that happen to all of us at some point and time. We could also incorporate this into an English lesson and use it as a guide in having the students write their own poetry using their own experiences as a focal point.
Jdonldsn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever had a bad day at school? Well, it always helps to laugh about it and this is what Kalli Dakos does through poetic voice in this book. This would be a great book to prompt children to write about their own troubles at school!
kshielee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The setting of these poems are mostly at school and in present day.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Kalli Dakos has done a masterful job with her book, If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand. Her poetry is fun for children of all ages. I especially enjoy her poem, 'A Lifetime in Third Grade'. It is a wonderful poem that lends itself well to having a class or a group of youngsters repeat the payoff line, 'A Lifetime ...'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read poems from this book to my son's third grade class, and they loved them! They wanted to hear the poem about punctuation (Hold the periods, holds the commas, I think?) over and over until I was out of breath (3 times was my limit.)