Monday, January 16, 2012
A Tale of Two Readers
Fast forward to the 2011-2012 school year. The Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Peters Township uses a Reading Street text published by Pearson Scott Foresman. I got a call late last year from a third grade teacher there alerting me that a poem of mine was included in the poetry section of their text. (By way of explanation, oftentimes those of us who write poetry anthologies are lucky enough to be able to sell the rights to individual poems to educational textbook publishers. However, even though we are paid in advance for those rights, we have no idea what poems will be used or what textbook they will be used in or when they will be published.) Now, amazingly, a little snippet from one book of my zany poems is being read by a new generation of emergent readers. The poem is about a wacky invention that can help children find lost shoes. I am sure Judy could have used it.