The humorous poems from If You Promise Not to Tell make poetry a friend to kids while providing for their social and emotional needs. They present the fears and joys of growing up promoting friendship, not bullying. The large format lends itself to creative coloring and the large print is both senior citizen and primary-friendly. The poetry and simple black line illustrations stimulate memories and the imagination of growing up for readers 7-97!
You don’t need a rationale to share Joe Wayman’s original poetry during the age of Common Core Standards, but if you do, look no further than Reading Literature CCSS:
- Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
- Explain how a series of stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular poem.
- Analyze how visual elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., poem).
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g.,alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
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