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Kid Konnection: Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It

March 10, 2012

Dr. William Carlos Williams wrote the first false apology poem after he ate some plums he knew his wife was saving for breakfast. Gail Carson Levine has taken the concept and written a fabulously fun book for young readers. Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It includes Dr. Williams original poem, over thirty new poems, plus instructions to write your own poems. There are also wonderful illustrations by Matthew Cordell.

I just loved this book! Not only are the poems clever and funny, parts of the book are presented in unique ways – the introduction is slipped in on page 18 and some of the page spreads are sideways. I think young readers will enjoy this book, too, since many of the poems are based on things they’re familiar with, like this one:

This Is Just to Say

I have torn
the water

you obsessively
wanted to climb up
and slide off forever

Forgive me
kick your habit
spin a web
catch a bug

This is a fantastic book to share with the young readers in your life during National Poetry Month.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2012 6:35 am

    I am desperately wishing that I had had this idea.

  2. Tea permalink
    March 10, 2012 7:48 am


  3. March 10, 2012 7:56 am

    What a great premise…I think that if I had had more books like this as a child, I might have grown up to like poetry more 🙂

  4. March 10, 2012 8:29 am

    I loved writing poetry as a kid. We have several poetry books that my kids love to read together. This one sounds like a great book. I’m adding it to my wishlist.

  5. March 10, 2012 8:36 am

    Booking Son and I like reading a few of these at a time…

  6. March 10, 2012 9:38 am

    I have books of poetry I used to write…. oh the teenage years….LOL, I still have them and look at them once in a while.

  7. March 10, 2012 3:02 pm

    This does sound like a fun book of poetry!! 🙂

  8. March 10, 2012 4:51 pm

    I LOVE that poem! So glad to be reminded of it – I used to have a copy of it on my fridge. Definitely going to find this book – my kids are big fans of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky (very funny poets) but I think they’d go for this, too.

  9. Page permalink
    March 10, 2012 5:15 pm

    I had fun reading that book as well.

  10. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    March 11, 2012 10:51 am

    This sounds like a very cool take on poetry…will have to look at this one!

  11. March 11, 2012 10:53 am

    This sounds so fun! I once had to write my own version of that poem as part of an exercise in English class. The result wasn’t very good, but seeing what everyone else had come up with was great.

  12. March 11, 2012 2:35 pm

    sounds reminiscent of Shel Silverstein!

  13. March 11, 2012 3:03 pm

    what a coincidence I just took the plum poem in my “Introduction to Comparative literature” class.

  14. March 11, 2012 5:14 pm

    I love the idea of this book, and love the poem that you included. Very cool post today!

  15. March 11, 2012 7:58 pm

    Love this!! I did a post awhile back on my personal blog where I wrote variations on this poem (but mine were meant for grown-ups.)

  16. March 12, 2012 1:38 am

    what a brilliant idea – an apology poem. Thanks for sharing this one

  17. boardinginmyforties permalink
    March 21, 2012 8:34 pm

    What a great idea for a book!

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