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Almost Late for School: And More School Poems Hardcover – July 28, 2003


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Grade 1-5-A companion book to Lunch Money: And Other Poems about School (Dutton, 1995). The 22 energetic selections reflect the typical day-to-day activities and problems including being late for school, the first day, having to go to the bathroom, fund-raising, and other events. Shields utilizes a variety of forms including a concrete poem, poems for two voices, and a jump-rope rhyme. Meisel's vibrant cartoon illustrations are lively and fun and capture the poems' humor and insight. Students will relate to the situations presented and the emotions that are expressed. A welcome addition, whether as a read-aloud or for children to enjoy independently.
Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego
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Gr. 1-3. The creators of Lunch Money (1995) offer more hilarious poems and drawings about elementary-school life. With clever, boisterous rhymes and experimental forms, Shields presents common experiences that will speak to a range of ages: one poem deals with first-day-of-school jitters; another focuses on a boy preparing his science fair project ("hypothesis: The world would be a better place / If my brother vanished without a trace"). Many of the best selections explore, in sunny, spot-on language, the emotions a school day can bring: jealousy of other classmates; the joy of finding a friend; the desire to be alone ("In the middle of this riot / I'd like to find a place that's quiet. / A little space that's shaped like me. / A little place that I can be"). Meisel's bright, paint-and-pencil art extends the humor with expressive characters and swirling chaos. Laugh-out-loud fun with plenty of substance to lighten up poetry units, with some good selections for reading aloud to younger children. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525457437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525457435
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,373,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wonderful book. As a school board member, I read this every year to students as part of Read Across America Day.
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By Kay Effron on December 28, 2013
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Great book for third graders ...they really liked the school theme and the funny titles.
Read one poem every morning to get the day started.
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By Clint Cornfield on April 23, 2013
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I'm a 2nd grade teacher who has an entire unit dedicated to poetry. My kids absolutely LOVE all of Carol Diggory Shields' books. They're silly, smart, and always entertaining to read. I promise this isn't just a biased review because I happen to know her (she works at the local library), but I can wholeheartedly tell you that your kid/student/pet/self will enjoy this and any other book Mrs. Shields has written. And if you don't end up liking it, please send it to me and I'll be happy to have extra copies!
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