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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

by Marilyn Singer

A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a New York Times best-selling illustrator.  The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate...

A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a New York Times best-selling illustrator.  The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate these universal types of play, from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring and money is tight for many families, here is a book that invites readers to join in the fun of active play with games that cost nothing.

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Hardcover - 40 pages - $17.99
ISBN: 0547124937 (ISBN13: 9780547124933)
Published Feb 28, 2012 by Clarion Books
First published 2012

requested by

Mr. Scott (Third Grade Teacher)

at Tindley Renaissance Academy, Indianapolis, IN

Here since Aug 13, 2018

Open requests - 12 Books received - 12

I am in my third year of teaching elementary; my 1st year I taught 2nd, then moved to an art position for half the year and finally to third. I teach at a school serving over 75% of low-income families.

I am working on a goal for my students to reach 1,000 books by the end of their third grade year.

the class

My class is just beginning third grade. They are coming to me with a low ELA ability and I want to help build that up which I can do through reading.

My class is just beginning third grade. They are coming to me with a low ELA ability and I want to help build that up which I can do through reading.

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