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Someone with sad underwear.
Sad underwear? How can that be?
When my best friend's mad at me,
Everything is sad.
Even my underwear.
But sad underwear is just one of the many complications a person has to deal with. There's the first day of school ("Will they let me go when I need to go to the bathroom?") and pests like Wayne ("a fellow who clogs up life's drain") and bee stings and liver for supper -- and missing your dad.
This companion volume to the acclaimed If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries has poems for explorers and dreamers, for people who love unicorns, for people who'd rather have pets than baby sisters. Funny, poignant and always true, it examines and celebrates life with all of its perplexing complications.
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Will they let me go when I need to go to the bathroom?
And what if I get lost on my way back to class?
And what if all of the other kids are a hundred, a thousand,
a million times smarter than I am?
And what if we have a spelling test, or a reading test, or
an...anything test, and I'm the only person who doesn't pass?
And what if my teacher decides that she doesn't like me?
And what if all of a sudden a tooth gets loose?
And what if I can't find my lunch, or I step on my lunch, or
I (oops) drop my lunch down someplace like the toilet?
Will they just let me starve or will somebody lend me a
sandwich? A cookie? A cracker? An apple? Some juice?
And what if they say, "Do this," and I don't understand them?
And what if there's teams, and nobody picks me to play?
And what if I took off my sneakers, and also my socks, and
also my jeans and my sweatshirt and T-shirt,
And started the first day of school on the second day?
You asked me to do it.
I promised to do it.
I planned to do it.
I started to do it.
I really meant to do it.
Except I forgot.
Couldn't I get some credit
And really meaning to do it?
Copyright © 1995 by Judith Viorst