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Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I took them off when I got home.
I left them by the door.
I knew my mom would yell at me
if I muddied up the floor.

Last night I heard the raindrops fall.
The thunder gave a roar.
And now my shoes are wetter
than they've ever been before.

I can not wear my shoes.
They are too squishy wet.
I do not have another pair
I can run and get.

The time is getting late.
I must be off to school.
And if I wear my slippers,
do you think
I'll look
a fool?

    What do you think would happen if you wore your bunny slippers to school?  Have you ever gotten your shoes so wet you couldn't wear them?  What did you do?  This poem, is actually a true story.  When my boys were young, their feet grew so fast that they only had one pair of school shoes at a time.  The dirty shoes got left outside and it rained over night.    Can you write your own poem today about one time someone wore something funny, elegant, or different to school?  Does your school have a backwards day? 
Have fun writing.

Reading children's poetry is one way of understanding our world.


  1. Joy,
    You have me curious. I want to know how the real story ended. Today, if the kid in the poem wore slippers and got teased he could say, "I thought it was Slippers Day." Did your son wear flip flops, borrow dad's, or miss school? I like that you are reflecting on real-life stories. Fun!

    1. I'm going to have to check with my kids, what we did. I know what I'd do now--I'd just call school and tell them we'd be late and we'd go to the mall and buy a second pair of shoes--but I wasn't so smart when I was younger. Our school system had a policy that if a child missed more than 13 days of school they would not be advanced to the next grade level. They had some really stupid rules. If my kids were young now, I'd be a LOT kinder, understanding and patient than I was then. Do you think the story might make a decent picture book?

    2. If you can make some variety in the way to solve the mystery, I think you could adapt this as a PB manuscript. I was told that mystery PBs are not submitted as frequently. Go for it!