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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #23

A poem by a poet who is Asian American

Face It
by Janet Wong

My nose belongs
to Guangdong, China--
short and round, a Jang family nose.

My eyes belong
to Alsace, France--
wide like Grandmother Hemmerling's.

But my mouth, my big-talking mouth, belongs
to me, alone.

from A Suitcase of Seaweed;
Simon and Schuster, 1996

Introduction
Ask the children, "Does anyone ever tell you that you look just like your mom or just like your dad?" That's what this poem is about.

Extension
Invite the children to draw their own self portraits and write poems to go with them, if they like.