Thank you Mrs. Greenfield for your dedication to my education
I was but a child when I came across Nathaniel’s Talking
It was a poem my second grade teacher skipped over for Henry and Mudge
At night, however, my sisters and I became self-teachers and rappers
We tied our hair up in towels and crochet blankets
We looked into the mirrors and recited
Nathaniels Talking until it became a song
We recited it until it became an anthem
We recited it until our mom called us down for dinner
We danced down the steps chanting,
Nathaniel’s talking and Nathaniel’s me
Talking about my philosophy!
And we added beats and danced to the rap
Thank You Mrs. Greenfield for your dedication to my education
I am but a teacher now and read, Nathaniel’s Talking
It’s a poem my third grade class encounter at the beginning of the year
and never fail to ask for us to read it again at the end.
Thank you Mrs. Greenfield for your dedication to my education.
Mrs. Eloise Greenfield was a beloved children’s author. She passed away this month in Washington, D.C., at age 92.