Fletch's new Diamondback mountain bike and his brother's new hockey outfit are unexpected gifts from Dad. When Dad announces, ''We're going to move to Ohio,'' Fletch's heart drops to his stomach. Leaving means selling the house, abandoning his best friends, and living next to Lake Erie. . . . Hey, didn't that lake catch on fire? Ralph Feltcher's poems evoke what's hard abo...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Wordsong
(first published 2006)
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Nov 25, 2012 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I’m on the move, and many of you know. I wrote about my move and this book last Friday, on my blog! I will be in my new home two weeks from today, hopefully able to write a post. My internet will be up on that Monday, I hope! I found this, written for a child moving actually, but many of Fletcher’s touched my heart as I make this big change. His poems show the heartbreak of a young boy leaving his home, his grandparents, his school friends, only to go to the unknown-weather, friends, house. This...more
Ralph Fletcher is amazing! I was so lucky to meet him 2 years ago. What a fabulous poet!? I particularly When Moving Day Finally Came. I felt all of the same feelings from when I moved away from my childhood house. However, he adds so many details such as Dunkin Doughnuts coffee and the guy who had to brush his hair. Must read this book to students 5-8 for sure. Could be explained to K-4 as well.
Telling the story of a child dealing with a move in a series of poems that adds up to a good piece of narrative, this is another highly usable poetry text from Ralph Fletcher, the well-known writing guru. If you like anything else by him, you'll probably like this too. I know that I did.
Apr 23, 2012 Alana Arlequin rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is a great book! It is a collection of poems that all have a focus on some aspect of moving. Some of your students may be able to relate to this topic. As a child I moved almost every year, so I can relate.
Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers a...moreMore about Ralph Fletcher...