Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fale Apologies

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems
by Gail Carson Levine, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Gail Carson Levine takes William Carlos Williams' poem This is Just to Say and runs with it. Following Williams' format and intent, each poem details what was done, asks for forgiveness, but then offers up a mischievous twist. From false apologies by Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother, and other fairytale characters to apology poems for friends, enemies, and readers, there's something to make everyone giggle. Levine's intro (note: you will not find this at the beginning of the book) explains how she used Williams' poem, making the book a wonderful find for budding poets and teachers alike.

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