- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Series: Poetry for Young People (Book 1)
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402754752
- ISBN-13: 978-1402754753
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gary D. Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of, most recently, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy—which won Newbery and Printz Honors—as well as First Boy and The Wednesday Wars. Schmidt lives in a 150-year-old farmhouse in Alto, Michigan, where he is a swinger of birches and a mender of walls.Henri Sorensen is a Danish artist who has illustrated over 20 books for children, including I Love You As Much . . ., The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark; and Christmas in the Trenches. His work can be found in The Very Best Children’s Book Illustration, published by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in Risskov, Denmark, with his wife and two daughters.
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His sister stood beside him in her apron
To tell them ‘Supper.’ At the word, the saw,
As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,
Leaped out at the boy’s hand, or seemed to leap—
He must have given the hand. However it was,
Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!
The boy’s first outcry was a rueful laugh,
As he swung toward them holding up the hand
Half in appeal, but half as if to keep
The life from spilling. Then the boy saw all—
Since he was old enough to know, big boy
Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart—
He saw all spoiled. ‘Don’t let him cut my hand off—
The doctor, when he comes. Don’t let him, sister!’
So. But the hand was gone already.
The doctor put him in the dark of ether.
He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath....
Anyway, I did not want my young nieces' and nephews' first exposure to this author to include this poem about a boy cutting his hand off and spilling blood everywhere. I suppose it could be valuable as a cautionary tale...but I didn't wish to alarm or offend the parents so I did not give them out. It's kind of funny actually...not the poem but this little story!
I personally always hated this poem! But that's just my personal opinion....
It is so important to introduce all the wonderful literature to our young minds and an early start is extremely important.
Instilling an early love of literature is a much needed element in a child's development.