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Speak to Me: (And I Will Listen between the Lines)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Six voices from an inner-city classroom

In a series of candid free-form poems, Karen English presents the thoughts of six third-grade children in one day and one classroom at an inner-city public school. Malcolm is the central observer, but also a dreamer. Rica has turned eight today, and her real father will be picking her up later. Brianna is upset because Rica has given
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 13th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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This book is told in poems of alternating voices for six diverse students. The commonality is that throughout the day all minds wander regardless of who we are. Each student has a different outlook and different thoughts, but their words speak volumes about their life situations.
Mary Ledom
Speak to Me is an inspirational poetry book about six inner-city third graders and what they do during their school days. I was extremely interested in these poems and the words they used. Students have different emotions and feel different about different things and I think it is important for students to see the difference in things. I really enjoyed hearing about what certain students thought of certain things and it put a new understanding of things into my head. The illustrations were enjoy ...more
Haley Hardwick
Personal Reaction: I personally really enjoyed this book. It is a collection of free verse poems written by third graders, and the watercolor illustrations bring life into each of their stories. I also really enjoyed it because the reader is supposed to read between the lines to really understand what the child is going through and their emotions at the time.

Purposes: Read aloud to 2-4th grade children for several purposes. 1) enrichment/enjoyment 2) introducing free verse poems that have a per
Libby Erwood
The book Speak to Me (And I Will Listen Between the Lines) by Karen English and pictures by Amy June Bates is a compilation of short poems following a group of children throughout a day of school. Personally, I really enjoyed this book and found it interesting and captivating throughout the duration. The story was following six different children, all of African American culture, and they all have their own voice and personality shown through, which added unique perspectives to the read. I enjoy ...more
Abbie Shawano
Personal Reaction:

-I thought that "Speak to Me (And I Will Listen Between the Lines)" was a great poetry book. It has multiple forms of poetry and depicts several different personalities of children. Each poem is a different short story of a child and defines how they are feeling or acting such as sad, mad, or happy.


-I would let students read this book independently for second or third graders. I think that students would be able to relate to these poems and enjoy reading them.
-This boo
This book features a combination of poems written in the voices of six children going to public school in the inner city. The children are from diverse backgrounds and each get two to three poems that describe their characters. Throughout the book each poem is written by a different child and informs the reader of how that child is behaving, feeling, and thinking on that day of school. Although the children are very different they all share the commonalty that their minds wonder throughout the d ...more
Mommy says: Best book of poems for kids I have read to myself or aloud in a long time. Each poem is from a different child's perspective, taking you through the long school day. You can understand a lot about each child by reading between the lines. And the author is able to present even the sullen child in a sympathetic view.

Perhaps what I like best, however, is that this classroom is filled with mostly African American kids, and all the kids are relatable. The author is not trying to get acros
LOVE this book...definitely tells the truth.
Johna Brown
I read this story to my third grade students. It was a book with a variety of poems written by third grade students. At the time, we were talking about poetry and I wanted to share with them something that could give them confidence in their writing. As as teacher, I would use the poems in this story to teach imagery. I will have the students to close their eyes and visualize the poem as I am reading it aloud. We will discuss the imagery as a class.
Apr 29, 2013 Sam rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A poetry book expressed from different students in an inner city school. The poems are very heart felt and creative. I would recommend this book of the setting is true to you; for students who are older aged elementary aged students.
Kerri Harshaw
A great book of poems for children! The literacy content within each poem is very strong and obvious. The poems almost enter a sing-song voice of a child when reading the poems.
Poetry from 6 distinct voices, all urban school children. Lovely, poignant writing - the children feel real. Written by a school teacher, sweet illustrations.
Multiple voices tell their elementary school stories in verse. The illustrations are just as powerful and beautiful as the poetry.
Miriam Garcia
A book of poems about real kids in urban schools. It can teach you to read between the lines and feel what the poems are saying.
Reading strategy--inferring
A picture book, novel in verse. Authentic kids in an urban setting.
The illustrations really make this book : )
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Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author and an elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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