Daily Archives: April 11, 2010

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
by Dr. Seuss

Overall: 2 out of 5 stars

So, I know you know April is National Poetry Month.  At my K-8 school, we’ve been all poetry.  I partly want this blog to inform other school librarians about what works and for whom, and also to serve as a record for me of what worked and what didn’t for future reference.  So, for future reference – Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! was a huge flop.  I’m not entirely sure what the problem was.  Maybe it’s that it’s kind of tricky to read, almost tongue-twistery in toughness, or maybe that it’s really long, or maybe it would be better with older kids, but we read it to both sections of the Junior and Senior Kindergarten – four groups in all – and every one was bored.  No one got the humor, no one followed the story, no one even pretended to engage with the rhymes.  Lesson learned.

I do still love me some Lane Smith though! 😉