This is Just to Say by Joyce Sidman
Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

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When Mrs. Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book. Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back.

In haiku, pantoums, two-part poems, snippets, and rhymes, Mrs. Merz’s class writes of crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losing pets, and more. Some poets are deeply sorry; some not at all. Some are forgiven; some are not. In each pair of poems a relationship, a connection, is revealed.

About Joyce Sidman

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Poet and author Joyce Sidman was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 4, 1956. She received a B.A. in German from Wesleyan University and earned her teacher's certificate in 1983. Sidman teaches poetry and is a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has published several children's books, including Red Sings from Treetops, and she won the New Women's Voices award for Like the Air. Caldecott Honor Medalist Pamela Zagarenski is a brilliant painter of many worlds. As well as illustrating picture books, she creates sculptures and large paintings, which can be viewed at an art gallery in Mystic, Connecticut. She divides her time between Stonington, Connecticut, and her house on Prince Edward Island.
Published April 9, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Poems about a dozen unusual animal dads are exuberantly illustrated with cut-paper collages.

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Providing a surprisingly effective story arc, this series of poems was inspired by William Carlos Williams’s famous poem of the same title regarding a theft of plums.

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Sidman (Song of the Waterboatman and Other Pond Poems ) explains, via an introduction from one of the book's sixth-grade characters, that the poems contained in this often humorous and touching anthology were inspired by the title poem of apology, which was penned by William Carlos Williams.

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)The concept for Sidman's book is original and entertaining, using a fictional classroom to bring a group of poems and their elementary school authors to life.

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