33. If I Were In Charge Of The World


New Visitor’s…Please read the two paragraphs at the end of this column before beginning your explorations in theater, poetry, children’s literature, movies, television, books, and the Arts. It will say New Visitor’s Greeting and be in boldface.

Happy Valentine’s Day Follow-Up…Judy Viorst of Alexander of the Bad, No Good, Very, Bad Day wrote a poetry book titled: If I Were In Charge of the World. There were wishes in her lead poem in every category. She wished chocolate was a vegetable and there was no such thing as brothers. The first would definitely be one of my favorites, too. Here are my Valentine’s Day wishes in her ‘If I Were In Charge of The World’ format.

If I were in charge of the world:

  1. Children would not be allowed to have any diseases until age thirty and those diseases would never start with the letter C.
  2. Safe Haven will be a great movie for Julianne Hough and Josh DuHamel and we will one day find a safe haven for our poor, homeless, and hungry.
  3. Amelia Earhart would not have died in 1937 and we would find she lived out her life happily in Philadelphia.
  4. Hard to open lids on jars and bottles would be voice activated.
  5. Losing every night on Words With Friends to five people from across the country (probably three ten year olds and two eight year olds) would not be aggravating.
  6. A stack of pancakes would be more than two.
  7. James Patterson will stop writing with someone else and tell his own stories.
  8. Cities can vote for the type of weather they want on any particular day
  9. Dogs carried their own pick up bags and picked up after themselves
  10. There would be no religion. Everyone would love God and God would love everyone that sometimes forgets to brush, forgets to flush, and forgets to say I love you.


Children’s Literature…Love You Forever is a great day after Valentine’s Day book. The book Love You Forever is written by Robert Munsch. The book highlights how the words ‘I’ll love you forever’ are passed down through a family:

I’ll love you forever,

I’ll like you for always,

As long as I am living

My baby you will be.

These thoughts are past down from generation to generation as mothers care for their sons, then sons for their mothers, then sons for their children in this poignant tear jerker.


Children’s Literature II… How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague challenges your critical thinking. Beginning this lower grade dinosaur story using poetry as the driving force will endear you to each of your students. This book is one of ten books in the dinosaur series that will make every student laugh, think, and come up with interesting situations where the student can insert their favorite pet or animal. Please visit Jane Yolen’s website at www.janeyolen.com to view some of the three hundred books she has written. You will see from her variety of subjects why she is called, “The American Hans Christian Anderson”.


Literature…III Hand Rhymes by Marc Brown Is a pre-school and kindergarten teacher’s storytelling, puppetry, and motor skills development dream. It overflows with short stories and songs that are acted out with your hands and fingers. “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open them up and see all the people.” Illustrations of the finger positions that are next to each recitation are perfect for acting out the poems as well as presenting the poems and mini-plays to a class of eager students.

Shout Outs…

To Jenny…Well spoken when you said: “The Gift of the Magi is my favourite ….You know why? Because there is sacrifice by both…without sacrifice, it is hard to comprehend the depth of love for someone else.

To Wendy…Your idea that each column should have a title so people can refer back to columns is a good one. I thought everyone would go back and read everything if they joined at a certain point. You are right about that being unrealistic. Where there are two or three points in the column, the best point will be highlighted in a title.

To Carnival Cruise Lines…Is your new decision maker the former director of the Louisiana Super Dome. Did you manage to steal them after their hurricane Katrina fiasco?

New Visitor’s Greeting…Welcome to Let’s Talk, a freewheeling column on movies, theater, television, books, educational practices, current events, and the Internet. If you are a first time visitor to the column, I recommend that you start with the About topic in the Index Bar at the top of the page. Follow About with the Let’s Talk column in archives. It was the first column of the New Year. Proceed to Let’s Talk II and then work your way up to today’s column. These columns will introduce a plethora (a better word choice than myriad) of new ideas and old delights you may have missed. It will give you a foundation for some of the issues we are introducing and following up in newer columns.

New visitor’s comments are welcome, too. They are immediately placed on this page in the contributor’s comment section or are shared with the column’s readers on Sunday. You are welcome, also, to suggest topics for discussion or enlist help from the site’s family of readers. I am a compendium of useless information. Challenge me, please, with great theater, travel, history, books, movies, and educational issues that would interest a wide audience of readers. The “compendium comment” was stolen from Orson Bean. Bean used the quote many times on television talk show interviews. Please recommend my column to your friends and other lovers of discussion.




About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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