This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness


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When Mrs. Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book. Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back.

In haiku, pantoums, two-part poems, snippets, and rhymes, Mrs. Merz’s class writes of crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losing pets, and more. Some poets are deeply sorry; some not at all. Some are forgiven; some are not. In each pair of poems a relationship, a connection, is revealed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544105072
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,179,666
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Joyce Sidman received a Newbery Honor for Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit her website at

Pamela Zagarenski received a Caldecott Honor for Red Sings from the Treetops: A Year in Colors, by Joyce Sidman. She lives in Stonington, Connecticut. 

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