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Poetry Break #2: Picture book with poetry breaks

Mrs. Mann's Poetry Corner

Introduction: This is a wonderful picture book that is about a mouse that feels as though nobody pays attention to her. It has been featured on "Story Time," a show that encourages famous people (actors, singers, etc.) to read books to young children.

Noisy Nora

by Rosemary Wells

Jack had dinner early,
Father played with Kate.
Jack needed burping,
So Nora had to wait.

First she banged the window,
Then she slammed the door.
Then she dropped her sister's marbles
on the kitchen floor.

"Quiet!" said her father,
"Hush!" said her mum.
"Nora!" said her sister,
"Why are you so dumb?"

Jack had gotten filthy,
Mother cooked with Kate.
Jack needed drying off,
so Nora had to wait.

First she knocked the lamp down,
Then she felled some chairs.
Then she took her brother's kite
And flew it down the stairs.


"Quiet!" said her father,
"Hush!" said her mum.
"Nora!" said her sister,
"Why are you so dumb?"

Jack was getting sleepy,
Father read with Kate.
Jack needed singing to,
So Nora had to wait.

"I'm leaving!" shouted Nora,
"And I'm never coming back!"
And they didn't hear a sound
But a tralala from Jack.

Father stopped his reading,
Mother stopped her song.
"Mercy!" said her sister,
"Something's very wrong."

No Nora in the cellar,
No Nora in the tub.
No Nora in the mailbox
Or hiding in the shrub.

"She's left us!" moaned her mother,
As they sifted through the trash.
"But I'm back again!" said Nora,
With a monumental crash.

(Dial books for young readers, 1973)

Extension: After reading this picture book in poem form, you could have students break up into groups. Each group could illustrate a portion of the poem (make sure illustrations are done on the same size paper for each group). When the illustrations are complete, bind them together and make a class picture book of, "Noisy Nora." Then read the book, "Noisy Nora" by Rosemary Wells to the class showing original breaks and illustrtations. Place the class book in your reading center for children to enjoy.