Happy Grandparents Day!

National Grandparents Day falls each year on the Sunday after Labor Day—this year, that means we honor our grandparents this Sunday, September 9. We can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to all the wonderful grandparents in our lives than with some poems by Wordsworth the Poet.

In Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, Wordsworth has a very special relationship with his grandmother who, he has just been told, is losing her memory. Wordsworth’s parents say that this means she can’t do all the things she used to do before, and she can’t go to school to hear him read his Grandparents Day poem. But this doesn’t seem right to Wordsworth.


illustration by Melissa DeSica

When Grandma hugged me
And said, “How’s my Wordsworth?”

When Grandma sent me presents
On special days of the year,

When Grandma gave me candy,
Right before dinnertime,

When Grandma told me stories
Way past my bedtime,

She was Grandma to me
Because she was Grandma,

Not because she had a memory
Or because she knew my name.

Now that she’s losing her memory,
She’s still my Grandma, isn’t she?

Imagine Wordsworth’s delight when he steps on the stage at school to read his Grandparents Day tribute poem and sees his family…with Grandma in her best party dress and a flower in her hair! “I found your poem on Grandma’s bed this morning,” Wordsworth’s mother says. “It reminded me that she is still a big part of this family, and I realized how much she would want to be here today.” Wordsworth’s family have realized that although Grandma may not remember everything, she is still the same person they love.

illustration by Melissa DeSica

Here is Wordsworth’s Grandparents Day poem, written to share with his school.


You are like that trunk of an oak
Whose roots grow deep into our soil
Sending branches up to the skies.

You are a book without end,
Filled with stories and folklore
Of when you were a child
Long before we were born.

You are a treasure
On our treasure hunt,
Gold, trinkets and gems
Where X marks the spot.

Your stories, your memories,
We will preserve and treasure
For our children and their children.

We honor you
On this day.

If you would like to write your own Grandparents Day poem and share it with Wordsworth, he would love to read it! You can email it to him or post it on his Facebook page. Wordsworth and author Frances H. Kakugawa have also created Reader Guides to go along with Wordsworth Dances the Waltz and Wordsworth the Poet. Download them at Frances’ blog.

And fans of Wordsworth will be pleased to hear: Wordsworth has a new adventure coming soon! Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozers! will be released October 2012. Stay tuned for more details!

Posted on September 5, 2012, in Excerpts, Fun Stuff and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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