Heard it in the Playground

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Penguin UK, Aug 1, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 112 pages

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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A magnificent book, it captures what it's like to be a pupil in the primary years and indeed a teacher of the primary years. Funny, touching, if you've ever been a pupil there are things that will ... Read full review

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It does not have all the poems but it is the only web that shows a few


Teachers prayer
Short Ones
The Longest Kiss Contest
Sale of Work
The Ghost Teacher
The Answer
The Question
The Infants Do an Assembly about Time
Finishing Off
The Old Teacher
The Boy Without a Name
Things I Have Been Doing Lately
The Trial of Derek Drew

I See a Seagull
Why Must We Go to School?
First Day Back
Harrisons Desk
Not Now Nigel
Swimming Lessons
The Assembly
Bags I
Billy McBone
Wheres Everybody?
Parents Evening
Mrs Soandso
The Bell
The Mrs Butler Blues
Leavers Song
Long Ones
Kicking a Ball
Heard it in the Playground
Authors Note
Index of First Lines

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About the author (1991)

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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