Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems
Gail Carson Levine
illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Harper, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-178725-6
FORMAT: Juvenile Fiction, Poetry
AGES: Elementary School, Middle School
3 Stars

Have you ever had to say “sorry” when you really didn’t mean it? This is a book of poetry that celebrates the appology that isn’t an appology. For example one poem is an appology of a witch who bakes a house of gingerbread to lure Hansel and Gretel. She is appologizing that she baked such a great house that she will be able to eat the young duo. Or another poem appoligizes for planting poison ivy in a yard of a person who didn’t pay the author for mowing his lawn.

These poems will be fun to read with kids/tweens who know what it is like to want to do something that they should be sorry for…even if they aren’t. In other words, this would be great for a school book talk!

Activities to Do After Reading This Book:
Talk about what is a false apology.
Write your own false apology poems.
Have a false apology day where you apologies all day for things that you aren’t sorry for…kind of like an opposite day.

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