in Just

When you are 6 years old the world IS mud-lucious
and puddle-wonderful!

When he was in second grade, LD was assigned the task of memorizing a poem to recite in front of his class. Props were required.

He had not even finished telling me about the assignment before I was pulling out books of e.e. cummings poetry and suggesting he learn in Just; using balloons as his props. I explained, in 7-year-old terms, how the poem was about growing up and losing innocence. My son humored me, though he did lobby half-heartedly for something by Seuss.

His first (and only) poetry reading was a success. He memorized and understood the poem, though in hindsight I'm not sure it was as fun for him to perform as Seuss might have been.

Either way there still would have been balloons!