We’re Not Afraid of Dogs and Cats

During our final two sessions, first graders selected one of their class poems to revisit and recreate. Ms. Armand’s class agreed to focus on their bravery poem, inspired by Maya Angelou. Students used markers and colored pencils to illustrate their lines from the poem, and we created a beautiful class book!

*We welcome you to click on each page to get a closer look, or read the full text of the poem below.

Ms. Armand
1st Grade

I’m Not Afraid of Dogs and Cats

I’m not afraid of dogs and cats
     —they don’t run fast!
I’m not scared of a shark
     —they don’t swim fast!

I am not afraid of sharks because
I have a pet baby shark in my pool, and I swim with it!
Baby sharks are not scary
     —they’re nice!

Pasando por el campo,
me asustan una espina, un caballo, un árbol, y una serpiente.
I’m not afraid of rats, 
and I am not afraid of dogs.

I’m not afraid of swimming in the water,
but I’m scared of lightning and sharks.
No me asusta el agua
     —porque solo es un agua.

I‘m not afraid of swimming because
2 girls taught me how to swim.
I am afraid of a wave
     coming toward my boat.

No me asusta ni un ganso, una serpiente, un niño,
un gato, un barco, un perro, una abeja, una mariposa…
                                                                                             ¡ni el sol!
(pero sí me asustan los gatos y las ardillas)

I’m not afraid of wolves.
I’m not afraid of monsters.
I’m not afraid of movies.
I am only afraid of a scary movie
when it’s a true story.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.