On Thursday, I found out that an Advanced Reader's Copies of my middle grade novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, was delivered to my local independent bookstore. Beth at Green Row Books tweeted out a picture and got busy reading the book with her own fourth grade student.
A few days later, there was a package on our doorstep. Sam had to inspect it first. Inside: books!
I'm so excited that I'll be able to share THE LAST FIFTH GRADE with my friends at Northfield next year.
AND... I promise to post sign ups for a Poetry Friday ARC tour very soon!
|This week's Poetry Friday links are at
I feel a little squeamish about sharing these poems. Many of them are odes written to me -- both lovely and a little embarrassing. However, I promised the Northfield students that I would share as many of their poems as I could. Today's poems are all by students whose work I have not featured yet.
In the poetry teacher similes, I have been compared to everything from a smart dolphin to a hungry owl. I appreciate the compliments, but I appreciate the hard work that went into these similes and odes even more.
Ode to Poetry
by Noah B.
Poetry is persuasive
because it is neat.
Poetry is epic
because you work hard.
Poetry is rich
because it is a
piece of cake.
Poetry is awesome because
the best poetry teacher
in the world
|Dolphin Teacher: Class we will be writing poems.
Dolphin Students: Yes, Yes
by Taylor S.
Mrs. Shovan is
like a dolphin.
Dolphins are smart
like you are
they love to learn
like you love.
You love to be
and dolphins like to
play with other dolphins.
You also love to teach kids
like dolphins teach their babies.
Shovan is like an Owl
by Jackson M.
Mrs. Shovan is like an owl.
She is very smart and hungry
for well done poems written for her.
Her prey is still being worked on. Once I finish,
she wolfs down the wrong answer
and checks the right answers.
Then, she gives it back to me,
covered in pen, slobber, and ink.
by Mia P.
Mrs. Shovan is like an ice cream cone.
She is sweet and enjoying.
Mrs. Shovan is like a panda.
Kind and caring
Mrs. Shovan is like a warm sunny day.
She makes you happy.
Mrs. Shovan is like a hug.
She makes you feel good inside.
My heart is melting!
In this series:
First Student Responses: "Words in My Pet Goldfish," "Words in My Bed," "Words in My Life"
In Residence: Poetry Friday Words: Poems by Laura S., Jason Y., Jeffrey G., and Isa L.
In Residence: The Simile Zoo: Poems by Sabine S., Asher, Cecelia D., and Evelyn D.
In Residence: Day 2 in the Simile Zoo: Poems by Allie L., Makaela M., Parker P., Matthew L., Vincent T., Lila R., Naomi C., and Julia J.
In Residence: Due Stanze: Poems by Avery, Setutsi, Jen, Anlan, Arushi, and Johanna.
In Residence: Opposite Poems: Poems by Andrew V., Matthew L., Nathan W., Aly A., and Joanna B.
In Residence at Today's Little Ditty: Poetry Postcard Summer Activity for Kids and Families
In Residence: Shoe Odes: Poems by Ilana M., Nicole C., Dylan L., Linnea J., and Ben K.
In Residence: A Book Filled with Poems: Shoe Odes by Julie B., Kayla K., Alexandria D., Brianna C., Arif V., and Rowan C