Poems From the Playground and Other Places


By Richard J. McKenzie
Illustrated by Christine Gervasi
Perfect bound, 110 pages
ISBN: 09725901

  • Reading Level: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade and Up
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Poems From The Playground and Other Places is an collection of lighthearted poems written for the child in everyone. The poet Richard McKenzie has used his experience of working with children in a school setting to write poems dealing with the stressful experiences of childhood. The poet has brought out many moments of happiness and anxiety that a child experiences in his poems about friendship, bullies, siblings and extended family. He shows how children lose out on playtime, or how they try to deal with a bully. Parents treat children of different ages differently, and the poet very succinctly shows how children deal with this as well. Some poems show how children wonder about their parents’ childhood. With the help of illustrator Christine Gervasi, the poet has made this collection of poems one worth keeping.

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About the Author

Richard J. McKenzieRichard J. McKenzie was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, receiving his B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University in 1979. When he reached middle age he began volunteering at his daughter’s elementary school, where he ran the computer lab, tutored students, ran a popular workshop for Literacy Night, shelved books in the library, and served as President of the Home and School Partnership. Through his volunteer experience, Richard feels that he ended up learning more than the children did. Continue reading