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Preschool Gems: Love, Death, Magic, and Other Surprising Treasures from the Mouths of Babes


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When preschool teacher Leslie McCollom created the Preschool Gems Twitter feed, it was because precious jewels were slipping through her fingers every day. Jewels like, "My mom lived in the 90's," "I'm feeling poisonous, baby kitty," and "OK, but I'm still a dragon."

Although she swore she'd remember these gems forever, in five minutes they would vanish, never to be heard by human ears again. So she became a covert anthropologist in the underground world of children, and started carefully cataloging them, and has been gracing the Twitterverse with her findings ever since — such as:

"When I went to the chainsaw store I saw someone with REAL bubble gum."

"There's a wolf in my tummy and a porcupine in my bum."

"I don't care about time outs. I only care about my life."

"Who are me?"

"I love David Bowie. I'm going to marry David Bowie."

Preschool Gems is a collection of the most bizarre, hilarious, jaw-dropping things overheard at Leslie's school. By turns sweet, sinister, and naively sincere, these treasures prove that kids are really just miniature people who are weirder and a lot less inhibited than their adult counterparts.

About the Author

Leslie McCollom is a writer and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She teaches at New Day School, a gem of a school itself.

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Adad, September 8, 2012 (view all comments by Adad)
These comments reported by Leslie reflect the swirl of information that surrounds all of us, including the young students. The students soak it in, reflect on it and respond with their own special take, sometimes revealing that they are more tuned in to what is going on than we give them credit for. The comments are by turns humorous, poignant, and scary. Leslie has ably captured the gems that come from her students.
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Nathan Wade Carter, September 7, 2012 (view all comments by Nathan Wade Carter)
I love absurd humor and the wisdom that can be found in it. Not to mention the giggle fits I get! Preschool Gems is perfect for that goofy vehicle for poignant thoughts! Such raw material, such source material! It's a basic writers tactic to listen to the world around you & pull from conversations and sights seen. Leslie McCollum has done just that. This book could also be marketed as a writing or drawing prompt exercise book! Major props to a sharply curated book of gems!
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J Garcia, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by J Garcia)
Not since Bill Cosby has anyone so poignantly captured the hearts and minds of children in their own words. Three cheers to Leslie for having the awareness and foresight to capture and document such wonderfully charming gems. This book will not only leave you giggling, but it will remind you of the powerful and introspective minds of our children. This is definitely a book worth buying and gifting to others.
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McCollom, Leslie
Perigee Books
Humor-Politics and Business
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Mass Market
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.03 x 5.07 x 0.35 in 0.21 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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