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A Poem in Your Pocket

(Mr. Tiffin's Classroom #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Usher in National Poetry Month with Mr. Tiffin and his students, stars of the hugely popular How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and The Apple Orchard Riddle.

Once again, Margaret McNamara sets her playful, child-friendly story in the classroom, and this time, poetry—from metaphors to acrostics to haiku—is the name of the game. The focus here is on Elinor, whose confidence falter
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Schwartz & Wade
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Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The third in the Mr. Tiffin’s Classroom series, this book focuses on Elinor, a girl who just wants everything to be perfect. Unfortunately though, poetry and perfection really don’t work together no matter whether you are talking haikus, concrete poems or rhyming stanzas. A poet is going to be visiting their school and Elinor desperately wants to impress her with her poetry. But as the time goes by, the pressure builds and Elinor becomes less and less able to write poetry. When she finally does ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Would-Be Poets & Writers / Children Who Struggle with Perfectionism
The children in Mr. Tiffin's classroom, whose story began in How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? , and then continued in The Apple Orchard Riddle , return in this third picture-book devoted to their educational experiences together. Here they prepare for National Poetry Month, and for the visit of a real live poet to their school on Poem in a Pocket Day. They study poetry in all its forms, and work on poems of their own to present to their guest. It is Elinor, usually the star of the class, who has t ...more
This great mentor text uses a story about a little girl struggling through the writing process to come up with a perfect poem to present to an author visiting her school for Poem In Your Pocket Day. Things at school usually come pretty easy for Elinor. But has she and the other students in Mr. Tiffin's class study poetry in anticipation of a visit from Emmy Crane, a famous poet, she stresses out because she can't write a perfect poem to put in her pocket. This would be great to share with studen ...more
Sara Grochowski
Elinor can't wait to meet Emmy Crane, a visiting poet, but her excitement wanes when she has trouble writing the perfect poem. A Poem in Your Pocket is a wonderful story about poetry and creativity in which one student must learn to let go of perfection to find the poem in her heart. This read aloud will fit seamlessly into Poetry Month lesson plans and discussion, but its themes about creativity make it appropriate for any time of year!
Ben Truong
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Poem in Your Pocket is the third book in the children's picture book series Mr. Tiffin's Classroom, written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, which follows Elinor – the best poet in class, as they celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day – except she has writer's block.

McNamara's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It's "Poem in Your Pocket Day" and Mr. Tiffin's class is welcoming a poet in their class. For homework, the children is suppose to write a poem to share wi
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry, crf
This is a terrific book, telling both the story of a teacher and his class and the cool way he teaches them about poetry - including similes, metaphor, concrete poetry, acrostic poetry, and haiku. And, so importantly, that poetry doesn't have to rhyme! There's a bit of a theme about not trying to be perfect, as one of the clever kids in the class never writes a poem because she doesn't think it's good enough. (Funny that no one's ever written a book about kids writing really bad poems...)
Abby Shoe
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Poem in Your Pocket is a beautiful children's literature text that focuses on the topic of poems. Elinor is a student in Mr. Tiffin's class who is intent on writing the best poem ever! The night before "Poem in Your Pocket" day at her school where a real poet is going to be visiting, Elinor becomes so obsessed with writing the PERFECT poem that she doesn't even have one prepared to share with the rest of the school. The the poet asks her to share her poem, she beautifully shares the
Mary Ann
Poetry encourages us to see the world through a different lens, slowing down to notice small details. But how do you encourage a child who's feeling absolutely stuck, unable to let go enough to trust their own "poet's eye"? This delightful new picture book offers a gentle lesson on how a special teacher and a visiting poet did just that.

I adore this story, for its message that poetry begins in the heart, and for the way it shows how we all need to be kind and not judge our own attempts too harsh
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
A class prepares for an author visit to celebrate National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day by learning to write several types of poems. One little girl struggles with expressing herself accurately in a poetic form and finds that a talk with the visiting author helps her organize her thoughts and feelings into an artful expression at last.

Love the inclusion of different types of poetry, love the way the problem and solution are handled, love the diversity present in the gouache, acrylic,
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
During the month of April (National Poetry Month) the young students in Mr. Tiffin’s class are getting lots of experience with poetry. The children learn about similes and metaphors, as well as different types of poems. As the students in the book learn about them, the reader also learns because examples of students’ work are woven into the story in this picture book. We read Haiku, Acrostic, Concrete and Funny poems that were written by the children in the story. At the end of the book, a poet ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very nice book about Poetry. In April we should do "poem in your pocket day" This book talks about all sorts of poems what I poem can it doesn't always have to rhyme. Me personally my favorite types of poems are the Acrostic and the Concrete! Fun ways to make poetry not a drag!
Kate Hastings
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Grades 2-5. Great mentor text for poetry unit. Defines simile and metaphor, shows concrete, haiku, and acrostic forms. Defines poetry and gives ideas for writing poems. Great book for a mini-lesson or writers workshop.
This is a really great book about poetry w/ really nice and fun examples. Also shows how sometimes, the harder you try at something, the more elusive it becomes. Great for the ECRR category "write," but it is better for kids older than the target age for a CLEL bell award.
Jaycie Fowlkes
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a story about a young girl named Elinor who struggles to find her voice for Poem in your Pocket Day. A published poet is coming to visit their school, and each student is assigned to prepare a poem to recite for her. Elinor studies and studies, very eager to write a wonderful poem, but finds herself stuck, unable to produce anything that is good enough. When the day comes, she is left with nothing. But when Emmy Crane encourages her to forget perfection and express her thoughts, Elinor f ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, storybook
Very didactic. Something about this one just did not resonate with me. I think I was mostly wondering what was wrong with the teacher that he never noticed how much Elinor was struggling. Just because a student is a good student does not mean that she does not need support sometimes. A bit of gaslighting there too. OK, I guess that is what was not sitting right with me.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Mr. Tiffin's class book.
This one focuses on Elinor. She wants to create the perfect poem so throws away everything she writes. A poet visits during poetry month and encourages her to share her thoughts and process. Elinor discovers she can write a poem and share it with others.
Introduces a variety of poetry types throughout the story.
Donna Smith
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun children's book that can be used by middle or even high school English classes to give students examples of types and elements of poetry including the metaphor, simile, haiku, acrostic, concrete, and funny poems.
Marissa Kiddey
A poem in your pocket is a good start off for a poetry section in the classroom. It shows how the student goes through anxiety when it comes to schoolwork or something they care deeply for. This book even outlined a few simple types of poems that could be pertinent to your classroom.
Patricia Ross
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-5
This book had very little poetry in it but it was full of information about poetry. It was a great book to share different types of poetry and parts of poetry. Also the fact that poetry comes from the heart. It was good story about how nothing is perfect but can still be meaningful.
Ro Menendez
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a spot-on story to generate interest in poetry; learning about the variety, reading and writing it. As the title lets us know, it also introduces the celebration Poem In Your Pocket Day. Share this story in March to get ready for National Poetry Month in April!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A great introduction for older kids to different kinds of poetry and the writing process.
Very sweet story in so many ways. I even learned (or re-learned) about some of the rules of poetry.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was alright. I really enjoyed the pictures but yet I felt like there was too much going on the page and distracted from the words. It had a good story line, and trying to get kids to enjoy poetry a little bit more. Teacher could use this book for an introduction to poetry, but I feel there could be more to the story or changed some way to have it more interesting and want to buy it for ones self.
Tommie Branscum
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This would be a great book to introduce poem in your pocket day. It also talks about some things that would introduce students to different types of poems and poetry devices.
Brooke Seidel
Title: A Poem in Your Pocket
Author: Margaret McNamara
Illustrator: Margaret McNamara
Genre: Book of poems or poetry collection
Theme(s): Introducing poetry to children
Opening line/sentence: Elinor is a perfectionist. She loves school and takes her assignments very seriously.
Brief Book Summary: Students are having someone who writes poems come talk to them. They are talking about the poet while they are making rhymes. To prepare for the poet, the children are learning about literary elements to
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
April is National Poetry Month and what better way to start the month than with a picture book about poetry. And Margaret McNamara's third book about Mr. Tiffin and his students is definitely up to the task.

All through April, Mr. Tiffin's class is going to learn all about poems in preparation for poem in you pocket day and a author visit from a well known poet, Emmy Crane. But Elinor has spent all of March at the library studying poetry. so now she has all the answers when it comes things like s
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
When you reach into your pocket forgotten treasures may be discovered. Depending on the owner of the clothing these tokens represent captured memories; a perfectly round pebble or a bit of sea glass, coins left over from a recent purchase, an old movie theater ticket, a handful of acorns or a dog treat. Unless this attire is worn on a daily basis the locating of a lost item is cause for rejoicing.

In twenty days, all around the United States (maybe the world), people will be purposefully placing
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this children's book. It told of a class, who were learning how to write poetry, in preparation for the visit from an author of poetry. One little girl is afraid to read or show her work. She wants everything to be perfect. She study's and works really hard, but she throws her work away. They are taught about different kinds of poetry. The rest of the class presented their poems for the author, and Elinor says she doesn't have a poem. The author has her come up on the stage, and asks h ...more
"Usher in National Poetry Month with Mr. Tiffin and his students, stars of the hugely popular How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and The Apple Orchard Riddle.
Once again, Margaret McNamara sets her playful, child-friendly story in the classroom, and this time, poetry—from metaphors to acrostics to haiku—is the name of the game. The focus here is on Elinor, whose confidence falters as she tries to write something "perfect" for Poem in Your Pocket Day and impress a visiting poet. G. Brian Karas's access
Mr. Triffin and his students are excited because they have an author coming to visit. She is a poet and the kids are studying poetry and writing poems in preparation for "Poem in Your Pocket" day and her visit. Everyone expects Elinor will have a wonderful poem because she is always the best student. Elinor starts out eager and aiming to wear her pants with lots of pockets so she can fill each pocket with a poem she wrote. She is working hard and struggling to write the perfect poem. And that's ...more
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Margaret McNamara is the Christopher Award–winning author of more than two dozen books for young readers, including the Robin Hill School series. The Fairy Bell Sisters series is inspired not only by her love of the classic sisterhood novel Little Women but by her own experiences growing up with older sisters (and a baby brother). Margaret and her family live in New York City, but they spend part ...more

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