National Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “The Importance of Being 3” by Lindsay Ward


The author is also the illustrator of this charming book for three year olds. It is clear the author has children of her own, because she has a great understanding of what would appeal to this age level. When she begins with “Not 1 or 2 but 3 like me!” can’t you just hear a three-year-old insisting the same?

The little girl in the book learns to share (sort of) and learns her shapes and colors, plays in the park, has ice cream, and has a melt down:

“I throw a fit.
Some days are rough.
I cry and scream.
Three sure is tough.”

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She gets a time out, a hug from mom, and:

“No more tears.
The grumps are gone.
Here come my friends.
Let’s go, come on!”

Evaluation: The language level is just right, and the illustrations are adorable.

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016

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Be sure to stop by Serena’s blog every day this month to see more profiles of poets and poetry by participants from around the blogisphere! In addition, there is a huge roundup of poetry posts at the blog Jama’s Alphabet Soup, here. There is a great list of “25 Must-Share Poems for Elementary School” at the We Are Teachers blog. In addition, the fantastic website has a sign up to receive an email of a “Poem-a-Day,” featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year. I also like the subscription service for “Teach This Poem” that accompanies poems with resources and activities to help understand them (which I often need, teacher or not!)


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1 Response to National Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “The Importance of Being 3” by Lindsay Ward

  1. Now, that’s my kind of poetry!

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