Elmer the Elephant

16 Jul

Ode to Elmer the Elephant

Your patchwork design pleases my eyes,

And your story is one that is full of surprise.

My classroom theme for next year you will be,

Bringing joy to my students as well as to me.

Your duty is to befriend each girl and boy,

And become something more than a book or a toy.

Your story has a great lesson to share,

About uniqueness and friends who care.

Time you will spend with each child, alone,

For in a blue bookbag you will go home.

Use your time wisely, Elmer, my friend,

And share your story from beginning to end.

I need you more than for nametags and signs,

It is your story that truly shines.

Mrs. V

~Thank you David McKee for writing the fabulous story Elmer which will be my inspiration for the coming school year.


7 Responses to “Elmer the Elephant”

  1. RC July 17, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    I’ve never heard of this one, but Little Dude could always use a new book.

  2. Julie July 17, 2008 at 8:47 am #

    You’re so good at your poetry! … I’ve never heard of that book either…

  3. writerchick July 17, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    What a great little homage to Elmer. Love the cover art.

  4. debra July 18, 2008 at 5:07 am #

    You must be an awesome teacher! You’re always thinking of ‘your kids’!

  5. mrsvierkant July 20, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    Debra: Thanks!

    Annie: The patchwork is awesome, isn’t it? Thanks!

    Julie: It’s a great story! Go check it out.

    RC: Hmmm, may have to put that on his Christmas list!


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