Reviews for This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

*School Library Journal (starred review)

"Sidman’s ear is keen, capturing many voices. Her skill as a poet accessible to young people is unmatched . . . This is an important book both for its creativity and for its wisdom."


Book Page

"The concept for Sidman's book is original and entertaining, using a fictional classroom to bring a group of poems and their elementary school authors to life . . . a fabulous book to show students the many forms that poetry can take and to inspire them to write their own 'sorry' poems."



" . . . this series of poems was inspired by William  Carlos Williams's famous poem of the same title regarding a theft of plums. . . . Packed with the intensity of everyday pain and sorrow, kids and adults exchange the words that convey grief, delight, love and acceptance of themselves and others."


Publisher's Weekly

"This often humorous and touching anthology . . . successfully navigate[s] the complicated terrain for those who seek forgiveness."


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