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Heard it in the Playground (Puffin Books) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Allan Ahlberg
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1 Aug 1991 Puffin Books

This illustrated collection of amusing poems and songs celebrating primary school life won the Signal Poetry Award in 1990.

Meet Billy McBone and the Mad Professor's Daughter, be amazed by the Longest Kiss Contest, shed a tear for the Boy Without a Name and - if you're a stressed teacher - sing the Mrs Butler Blues.


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (1 Aug 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140328246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140328240
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN - both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and Successful School Stanzas 4 Mar 2009
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This year (2009) is the 20th anniversary of this excellent sequel to 'Please Mrs Butler'. Although old favourites such as Mrs Butler and Derek Drew return, this is far more than another selection of poems about life in a primary school. There are lengthy poems such as 'Kicking a Ball' and 'Heard it in the Playground' that are suitable for choral speaking and I have heard them used as a centrepiece for school assemblies, including the now traditional Leavers' Assembly for Year 6's at the end of the Summer Term.
Like the other two books in this series, the poems are accompanied by perfect illustrations by Fritz Wegner which complement the poetry in a most satisfying manner. Apart from the classic lengthier poems which are extremely catchy, there are shorter ones such as 'Not Now, Nigel' about an extremely keen pupil and 'The Mrs Butler Blues'. However, possibly the finest example and one full of a mixture of emotions including memory, pathos and reflection is 'Leavers' Song' which is a staple ingredient of many final and memorable assemblies. An excerpt is:
"Goodbye, old school,
We'll miss you a lot -
The din and the dinners,
Believe it or not,
We'll miss you, Miss,
And remember you, Sir,
When lessons have faded
And homework's a blur,
Goodbye, old school,
We'll miss you a lot.........."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Allan Ahlberg 4 April 2013
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I love Allen Ahlberg's work. This poem evokes the atmosphere of the playground so well, though it has to be read aloud to fully appreciate it - preferably by children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value! 28 Mar 2013
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As a supply teacher, I needed a reasonable copy of this book at a very reasonable price. The plan being to use it as a literacy topic resource, but then to leave for the children to enjoy. Ahlberg and Amazon together - what a team!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heard it i the playground 24 Mar 2013
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A wonderful children's book that is also loved by adults. Great. For reading aloud, this book is marvellous and a great addition to the classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 29 Dec 2012
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Great book for kids and grown-ups! Reminds me of fun times at primary school! Definitely would recommend it to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane 3 May 2011
By HJ
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I was given this book at about 8 and loved it until my mum nabbed it for her class and I never got it back - I was 18 then, skip foreward 12 years, i've had a baby a year ago I thought I would buy my own copy and it's taken me on a trip down memory lane, it's obvious that these poems have come from personal observation from having helped in many classrooms and lived with 2 teachers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not as described. (Condition) 28 Feb 2014
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Very disappointed. Described as good condition. Very faded folded pages. Bought fair better condition products that were described as only fair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Mrs Butler part 2 31 Jan 2014
By Mavis
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This is a bit of a sequel to please Mrs Butler, I've always love Alan Ahlberg's drawings. Great set of poems for the younger reader.
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