Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Hey World, Here I Am!

Little, Jean (Author)
Truesdale, Sue (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 1986. 88 pages
First published: 1986
ISBN: 9781550740363 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Anthology
Book genre: Poetry

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Meet Kate Bloomfield, a young Canadian girl and an aspiring writer who records her thoughts and feelings on just about everything—teachers, friends, parents and parsnips (which she can’t stand). Kate has a best friend, Emily, who’s sometimes her worst enemy, but she also has a million unanswered questions about life and her own Jewish heritage. Kate is the champion of every reader’s hopes and fears as they navigate the highway of life.

Kate’s honest poems and journal entries convey the narrator’s feisty spirit, as well as the confusion and angst of a typical young person trying to understand the complexities of the world. Kate is unstoppable, as her enthusiastic entry in the title poem suggests: “I said to the World, ‘Hey World, here I am!’. . . My Self bellowed, ‘YeaaaAAY, Kate!’ And spun six somersaults up the middle of Main Street.”

Small and discreet, the black and white pen-ink-and-watercolour drawings play with light and shadow to capture the mood of the poems—introspective, elated, sentimental or just plain silly.

Readers will find an ally in Kate, someone who shares many of the same feelings about growing up.

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    Take turns reading the selections aloud with a friend. Discuss any connections you make with Kate (feelings, likes and dislikes, perspectives).

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    Choose one of the poems or essays. Represent it using a different medium (drawing, painting, photography, dance, video, podcast). Present your creation along with an explanation of the connection between your work and the text.

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    Choose one of the poems and use media (slideshow, video, podcast) to present it to the class.

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    Write your own poem or essay on a topic using the author's style.

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    Take turns reading the selections aloud with a friend. Discuss any connections you make with Kate (feelings, likes and dislikes, perspectives).

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    Based on the poems, complete a character map for Kate. How are you similar to or different from her?

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    These poems are like diary entries. Choose an entry and write your own reflection in the same style, about something that is on your mind such as friends, family, a food you dislike.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • Health and Well-Being