This Is Just to Say

This Is Just to Say

Poems of Apology

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007
ISBN: 9780618616800
Branch Call Number: Ju 811 SID
Additional Contributors: Zagarenski, Pamela - Illustrator


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Jul 11, 2016

Just wanted to see this book for its beautiful illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski and was pleased to find a treasure of kids poetry dedicated to Kenneth Koch's "Rose, Where Did You Get That Red," one of my faves of all time. These poems were funny, touching, and altogether enjoyable, especially the poem "It Was Quiet" written by Tenzin to his dog Einstein, as an apology for having to put him down, and Mr. Johnson's response poem to Tenzen letting him know "Losing Einstein" in that way was how a dog should go: with you loving him and he loving you back.


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