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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Children Love Poetry

The first graders I teach at the French International School in Washington, DC, love poetry. Every year, I am thrilled to see that no matter what anybody says about memorizing poetry, kids lap it up! And they adore the freedom of expression that it gives them once a poem is learned by heart.

Last week, these 6-year olds joyfully and raucously recited Dorothy Aldis's poem "Everybody Says." It goes like this:

Everybody Says
by Dorothy Aldis

Everybody says
I look just like my mother
Everybody says
I'm the image of Aunt Bee
Everybody says
my nose is like my father's
But I want to look like ME!

Dorothy Aldis (1896-1966) was a children's literature author and poet.