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A poem in your pocket, Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas

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A poem in your pocket
Title
A poem in your pocket
Statement of responsibility
Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Elinor is used to doing very well in school, but as Poem in Your Pocket Day approaches, bringing an opportunity to meet a real poet, her struggle to write a perfect poem causes Elinor's confidence to falter, despite Mr. Tiffin's guidance and reassurance
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Grades 1-3 Creative educator Mr. Tiffin is back, this time celebrating Poetry Month. His plan: introduce poetic devices and forms, and then have students write their own pieces. The culminating celebration: a visit from a poet on Poem in Your Pocket Day. High-achiever Elinor declares that she will write so many poems, she will need six pockets to hold them! As Mr. Tiffin introduces the children to similes and metaphors, they joyfully chime in with their own examples—except Elinor. The class reads examples and shares their own haiku, acrostic, and concrete poems—except Elinor. McNamara and Karas offer a wealth of information while staying solidly focused on a common stumbling block: Elinor, stuck on perfection, is stymied. Elinor begins to droop, and Karas’ palette changes from lemon yellows to blues and grays, mirroring Elinor’s worry. Poem in Your Pocket Day dawns rainy, and Elinor has no poem to share—or does she? The poet offers Elinor affirmation and advice—encouragement many aspiring writers will take to heart. A valuable lesson (and lesson plan for classrooms). -- McDermott, Jeanne (Reviewed 01-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 9, p108)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 1 – 3 — Elinor is a perfectionist. She loves school and takes her assignments very seriously. For Poetry Month, Mr. Tiffin teaches his class about different kinds of poetry, similes, and metaphors. Anticipating an upcoming author visit by a real poet, students are asked to write a poem and put it in their pocket. Elinor plans to wear her jeans with many pockets so she can have one in every pocket, but her obsession with perfection impedes her creativity. On the day of the visit, the child has not created anything that she considers good enough to share. When the guest asks her to read her poem, Elinor reveals that she "has a poem in the pocket of her mind." When she recites it, her words flow beautifully. This is a great book to share during National Poetry Month. Brief explanations are given for the more common poetry forms and the idea of a "Poem in Your Pocket Day" is inspiring. Pair this book with the works of Shel Silverstein, Paul B. Janeczko, Jack Prelutsky, Douglas Florian, or Robert Louis Stevenson, among others, to make a persuasive unit on the delights of the genre. Colorful illustrations of a busy classroom filled with enthusiastic students and a determined child keep the subject light and humorous. This title shines a light on a subject worthy of discussion.—Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME --Mary Hazelton (Reviewed December 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 12, p108)
  • Last seen in The Apple Orchard Riddle, Mr. Tiffin and his class are back to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day, which includes the chance to recite their poetry in an assembly starring a poet named Emmy Crane. Almost everyone embraces his or her muse, practicing figures of speech (“Math is like a knot” observes one student) and forms that range from haiku to concrete and light verse. But quiet Elinor can’t find her poetry groove, and when the big day arrives, she admits, “I have nothing in my pocket. Nothing at all.” Emmy Crane proves as empathic and effective a teacher as Mr. Tiffin, and Elinor finds her unexpectedly eloquent voice on stage. If the story occasionally strains credulity in its idealized portrait of contemporary school dynamics, its emotional foundation is sound, and teachers will find this an excellent road map for poetry-related activities. The amiable pictures and calm, compassionate narration should persuade even the most timorous readers that they, too, can have a poet’s eyes. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator’s agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 17, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 46, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Mr. Tiffin is back, just in time for National Poetry Month at school. The third in what's becoming a series about life in Mr. Tiffin's class (The Apple Orchard Riddle, 2013, etc.) celebrates both a poet's school visit and Poem in Your Pocket Day. By the time poet Emmy Crane visits, the children have learned all about metaphor, simile, concrete poetry, haiku and acrostic verse, as well as using a "poet's eye." Almost all the children are excited and ready for the big day, heads full of words and pockets full of poems. Elinor, who is thought to be the best poet in the class, has struggled with an epic case of writer's block and arrives at school with no poem at all. As each child shares a poem with the famous poet, Elinor's misery grows until she finally speaks with the kind writer. Karas' gouache, acrylic and pencil illustrations sensitively extend the story, showing both the enthusiasm in the classroom and Elinor's frustration in trying to compose the perfect poem. Sprinkling circular spot illustrations with double-page spreads of the friendly classroom, Karas shows each child joyfully looking, creating, sharing and writing. Gray and yellow are used to reflect Elinor's moods. Gentle and subtle, this sensitive story teaches a lot about poetry, perfectionism, and the power of a teacher and a poet. (Picture book. 4-10)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10394325
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McNamara, Margaret
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 4-8
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.M47879343
LC item number
Poe 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
Reading level
3.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Karas, G. Brian
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Mr Tiffing's classroom series
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poetry
  • Schools
  • Authorship
  • Self-confidence in children
  • Poetry
  • Schools
  • Authorship
  • Self-confidence
  • Authorship
  • Poetry
  • Schools
  • Self-confidence in children
Target audience
primary
Label
A poem in your pocket, Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn871820772
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780307979490
Lccn
2014005745
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780307979483
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)871820772
Label
A poem in your pocket, Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn871820772
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780307979490
Lccn
2014005745
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780307979483
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)871820772

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