From the teaching files of
Barbara Jean Hicks
I love the way this fourth grade girl drew her self portrait based on the verbal self portrait (below) she had already written in response to a class exercise on simile. The picture is a bit startling till you read the poem and see how beautifully Raquel captured in her drawing what she had already expressed in her words.
Doesn’t she just put a whole new spin on a “bad-hair day?” In this girl’s life, there’s no such thing! She’s a lion, a monkey, a mouse, a Chihuahua, and every bit as talented as a big-name star. (Whom, I must confess, I had to Google to understand Raquel’s poem. My age is showing!) But like Raquel, no matter my age, my heart still beats "like a tap dancer"—especially when I’m helping kids express the voices and visions in their hearts.