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A Poem in Your Pocket (Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series)

Margaret McNamara, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)


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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 accessible, adorable illustrations add to the fun.

Includes a list of Mr. Tiffin's tips for celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day.

"A nimble introduction to poetry as well as a sensitive look at the perils of perfectionism." —The New York Times

"Pair this book with the works of Shel Silverstein, Paul B. Janeczko, Jack Prelutsky, Douglas Florian, or Robert Louis Stevenson." —School Library Journal, Starred

Praise For A Poem in Your Pocket (Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series)

"Gentle and subtle, this sensitive story teaches a lot about poetry, perfectionism, and the power of a teacher and a poet."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 “…a great book to share during National Poetry Month… this title shines a light on a subject worthy of discussion.”
—School Library Journal, starred review

Schwartz & Wade, 9780307979476, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

About the Author

MARGARET McNAMARA is the author of two other titles about Mr. Tiffin's class: The Apple Orchard Riddle, promised to "spark fruitful curriculum discussion" by School Library Journal, and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, called "illuminating" by Family Fun magazine. She is also the author of The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot and George Washington's Birthday. Ms. McNamara lives in New York City.
G. BRIAN KARAS is the prolific, versatile, and award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and The Apple Orchard Riddle. He also illustrated Neville by Norton Juster; Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming, which received four starred reviews; Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Home on the Bayou, recipient of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; and Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming. Visit him at