Marti Mylin- Word Junkie
(8/4/2013 4:06:00 AM)
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I've seen similar in collections published for maybe second to fifth graders come home with children from School Book Fairs and such, (the age group depending on other pieces in the collection) .
I have to say though that I find disturbing the line, " .....the men's friends stared and poked it"
I might consider tweeking this line into to express something else problematic or boing in how the whale spent his days? It's just that, to me, that one line brings an element into the poem that could stir uncomfortable memories of any experiences related to having been bullied or any previous abusive situations.