Today I did a Reading Workshop with my students. Some of them didn't bring books, so they had to borrow one of mine. I have a weird eclectic collection of books that I've picked up along the way. One boy picked up a book of poems by Jewel (the singer). I thought that was odd, but didn't say anything to him.
About 10 minutes into the reading, he looked up at me with a puzzled look on his face.
"But this is all poems," he said.
"Yes, T_____, it's a poetry book, "I said.
He continued to look at me.
"That means it is just poems, no stories," I tried again.
"Oh." He says, still looking puzzled.
Is it hard to understand what a poetry book is? Apparently.