Friday, March 30, 2012

If Abby Were In Charge of the World

One of my favorite writing activities that I do with my students is a copy-cat version of Judith Viorst's poem If I Were In Charge of the World. Over the years I've gotten a lot of wonderful examples of what our world would be like if it was run by preteens. On Monday morning, as I was thinking about what to write for my blog post, this poem came to mind and I began to wonder: What would it be like if Abby were in charge of the world? I thought that I would rewrite Viorst's poem from her perspective for that night's entry, but Abby had different ideas. Now that things have calmed down a bit here's a view of Abby's perfect world

If Abby Were in Charge of the World
If Abby were in charge of the world
She'd cancel bedtime,
Counting to three,
The word, "No", and also bad tasting medicine.

If Abby were in charge of the world
There'd be mirrors on every wall,
"Dancing Shoes" for every foot, and
Frilly pink tutus would be worn by everyone.

If Abby were in charge of the world
You wouldn't have sad.
You wouldn't have scary.
You wouldn't have rest time,
Or "Don't touch Mommy's yarn."
You wouldn't even have yarn.

If Abby were in charge of the world
Chicken nuggets and pizza would be health foods,
All movies would star Winnie the Pooh,
And a person who sometimes forgot to pick up her toys,
And sometimes forgot to finish her chores,
Would still be allowed to be
In charge of the world.

Now, what would your world look like?

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