MISSING SUBJECT LINE – 5 Mechanics - 4 96/105 Lansky, Bruce, editor. Poetry If Kids Ruled The School More Kids’ Favorite Funny School Poems. Minnesota: Meadowbrook Press, 2004. Summary: This is a hilarious collection of poems about what happens in school and at home by covering wild and wacky topics such as bringing skunks to show-and-tell, falling asleep at your desk, ripping your pants on the playground, counting sheep and teachers to get to sleep, homework, tests, school lunches, detention, food fights, show and tell, and pet days. Selected poems: Poem Type Some Bedtime Advice Free verse Sleep Tricks Free verse The Bus List poem The Back of the Bus Free verse Falling Asleep In Class Free verse Evaluation: The selections in this anthology are from several different writers but are chosen from Robert Lansky. The selections are peppy, animated, spirited, cheerful, lively, and optimistic. The poems in this hilarious selection capture sensory images of sight, hearing, and touching. It describes the shrill sound of students shrieking and eardrums swelling. It describes all the commotion on the bus and the descriptive analogy of the poem makes you feel like you are actually on “The Back of the Bus”. The poem about falling asleep in class is so true in comparison to the actual experience. The writer describes having paper stuck to your face from too much drool and having an indentations in your face from your three ring binder. The hilarious poems flow naturally and rhythmically throughout the entire collection. The poems are so simple to read using simple verbiage and language, yet they are rich in humor and meaning. The smallest child could be read these poems and still capture the experiences from the easy to understand writing. The selections are so descriptive so anyone could capture the experiences you feel in going to sleep, being in school, and being on the bus. The funny illustrations put the reader right there in the setting of the poem so a child’s attention is captured immediately and the child’s imagination is ready to take off. Personal reaction: I honestly never knew poetry could be so light and funny. I loved reading poetry I could actually understand. Kids & adults will grin from ear to ear as they read these hilarious poems and lymerics! I read some review about this book and parents were saying the poems inspire their kids to write their own poetry, even kids who have had the most difficulty. I think if there was poetry as lighthearted and hilarious as this I might have been more into poetry and inspired to write my own as well. Prelutsky, Jack, editor. Poetry The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury. New York: Alfred A Knopf, Inc. 1999. Summary: This book is a fabulous way to introduce young children to poetry. It is a collection of short, easy to understand poems from an assortment of poets that are perfect for read-alouds. This book is wonderfully illustrated anthology with a nice range from classic to contemporary. Selected poems: Poem Type Magic Landscape Cinquain Genius Couplet I Was Walking In A Circle Concrete My Violin poem set to music Rolling Down A Hill Concrete Evaluation: The poems in this anthology are organized by theme. The writing is real creative writing and it keeps children's interests. Some of the content is not all "children's" but the poems are still child-friendly. The poems are well selected with great topics. The collection contains great illustrations. The poem “Magic Landscape” asks the reader for advise on drawing a magic landscape and making you feel like you are there. The rhymes are fun and some have a humorous approach. The poetry covers topics from food fights, outer space, animals, noses, monsters, sports, sibling rivalries, seasons, moods of childhood, and just plain silliness. The poems range from wistful to joyful. These poems are more sophisticated and literary than the “If Kids Ruled The School” book. The anthology consists of 211 of Jack Prelutsky’s his favorite poems by 137 poets for each decade of the 20th century. Personal reaction: I really like these poems. Although not all of them were laugh out loud funny they were very nice. I feel cheated from my childhood because I honestly never knew that poetry could be so nice. I always felt poetry was so stiff and pretentious and talked down to you. I never understood it. But the past two collections I read were so nice and breathtaking. I have this class to thank for it. I will now introduce my children and my future classrooms to this. Great! Silverstein, Shel, editor. Poetry A Light In The Attic. New York: Harper Collins, 1981. Summary: This is a humorous collection of poems and drawings about the most random topics done by one poet, Shel Silverstein. Some of them are silly and some are just pleasant and enjoyable. This book would be a great introduction to children about poetry. The language is playful and there is a light look at serious subject matter such as war and parents getting a divorce, to non serious subject matter such as tearing your pants and your teeth not growing in straight. The poems are entertaining and the art is expressive and very pleasing. Selected poems: Poem Type A Light In The Attic Free Verse How Many, How Much List poem Snake Problem Concrete Hammock haiku How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes List poem Evaluation: The selections in this anthology are humorous, important, relatable. Shel Silverstein introduces poetry in a joyful manner. This collection looks at life from many different angles and the poems are full of spirit and fun. He sticks it to the naggers and the greedy and the lazy; their only recourse is to get a grip. He gives voice to fears that are hard to express. There is a poem where he asks questions about catching the bus late, your parents divorcing, war, tearing your pants, not learning to dance, and teeth growing in straight. Then there is other poems that are more light and hilarious like if you drop the dishes then your parents won’t make you do the dishes anymore. The poems in this collection delivers moral lessons. The poems are also full of mischief. They can relate to children of all ages as well as adults. The poems are very simple in language and verbiage so anyone can understand them. Personal reaction: I think this is my favorite anthology out of all three. The first one I read was really silly and funny. However I think this is the poetry that should be introduced to children. It relates to children and serious topics but it is also so lighthearted and warm. Every poem in this collection is so down to earth and wholesome. I love it. I actually ordered two more of Shel Silversteins works after reading this one. I also like how there is not much illustration in leaving the imagination to run wild. I think this anthology could relate to any child and any adult. Silverstein, Shel. Poetry A Light in the Attic. New York: Harper Collins, 1981. "How Many, How Much " How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em. How does this poem relate to you? What is the special meaning in this poem? How does this poem make you feel? What is your favorite line in this poem? What does the poet mean when he says “depends how much you give em?” Prelutsky, Jack, editor. Poetry The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury. New York: Alfred A Knopf, Inc. 1999. "Magic Landscape" Shall I draw a magic landscape? In the genius of my fingers? I hold the seeds. Can I grow a painting like a flower? Can I sculpture a future without weeds? What does the magic landscape mean? How does this poem make you feel? What does the author mean by I hold the seeds? What is your favorite line in this poem? What is the poet trying to convey in this poem? Nesbitt, Kenn. Poet If Kids Ruled The School More Kids’ Favorite Funny School Poems. Minnesota: Meadowbrook Press, 2004 "Falling Asleep in Class" I fell asleep in class today, as I was awfully bored. I laid my head upon my desk and closed my eyes and snored. I woke to find a piece of paper sticking to my face. I'd slobbered on my textbooks, and my hair was a disgrace. My clothes were badly rumpled, and my eyes were glazed and red. My binder left a three-ring indentation in my head. I slept through class, and probably I would have slept some more, except my students woke me as they headed out the door. How many times have you fallen asleep in class? How does this poem relate to you? What were your three favorite things the boy describes about falling asleep in class? Actually, don’t you think that the person who fell asleep is the teacher as noted by the last two lines of the poem? What’s the weirdest thing that has happened to you when you have fallen asleep in class? What is your favorite line in this poem?