Joyce Kilmer letter to Richard consists plane simple answer and advice.He encourages him to pursue his poetic dreams with courage and confidence.He invite Richards to write again and sent him one of his poem.That night, Richard tried to be braved to share about the letter to his family.Pa,Gus and Angie didn't show any axcitement and they do not know who Joyce Kilmer is.
Richard went to his room to reply Mr Kilmer's letter.Gus comes to the room and teases Richard on his sissy poems.Gus also advices him to try to fit in with his friends.
Next morning Richard oes to see Mrs Hansen to tell her about the letter.She is very impressed.Richards shows her a few of his favourite poems and she helps to select one to sent to Mr Kilmer.Mrs Hansen encourages him to share the letter to the class but Richard is not ready yet.Richard meets Hannah right after he cames out from Mrs Hansen room.She apologised Richard on what she has done the last time they met.She als shares her feeling and problems with Richard.Richard climbes the oak tree again and sees the train with a load of merry soldiers ontheir way to war.Richard is sad thinking about Mr Kilmer and Otto,the Hannah's brother.
It was the end of school and Richard shared Mr Kilmer's lettert to the class.Many of his classmates discouraged him about writing poems but Mrs Hansen always gave him support and adviced him to do what he liked.Richard and Mr Kilmer often exchanged their stories and wonderful poems.Hannah also fully supported Richard and helped him to fini9sh his poems.The poem turned out really well.
In history class,Mr Higby described about the current battle .He also reminded his class to keep abreast of war events in summer holiday.
During the summer,Richard helped his father at the farm and he also noticed that his father was always unhappy.One night,he wrote about his Pa and very pleased with his work.
Richard received a reply from Mr Kilmer.He praised Richard's poem on the soldiers and he hoped this war will end all wars.Meanwhile,Richard continued to daydream about the smart and beautiful Hannah Schermer and wrote a poem about her.
Richard and Kilmer exchanged a number of letter throughout the summer,Richard sent a poem with each letter and always delighted to recieve encouragement and suggestion to improvement.In early September,Kilmer told Richard that he had finally arrived in France.Richard was hoping that the war would end before Kilmer went to Europe.
School started again,Mrs Hansen announced a plan to hold a patriotic programme to help sell Liberty Bonds,which helped finance the war.The show will involve music ,singing war songs.play Lady Liberty Role and Doughboy wearing a soldier 's uniform.The main roles will be played by the boy and girl who write the best essays.Each student secretly dreamed of playing the roles,however,Richard was selected to play the role of the Doyghboy and Hannah Schermers was selected for the role of Lady of Liberty.When Hannah read her essay in the class,Richard was the only one who applauded her.
Mrs Hansen ask aHannah to read her essay in front of the class.Richard senses that some students appriciate Hannah's essay but to scared to clap because of the class bullies.
The next morning some parents are already in the principal room that she chooses somebody else.Everyone in school is angry with Mrs Hansen choice.
The next day,Mrs Hansen announces that Hannah has turned down the roll of Lady Liberty .She withdraws to avoid causing people more pain.Richard also give up the role of doughboy
because he dislike the mean biased behaviour of his friends and neighbours.He wants to give moral support to Hannah.Mrs Hansen choose Millie
and Herbie as the replacement.
During the lunch break,Hannah invites Richard to her house for the supper.Richard informs Gus in school to tell their father that he will not be home for dinner.
Gus says that he is unpatriotic and calling him a traitor.Richard walks with Hannah to her house.He spends a delightful evening with them.Time flies soon,it is dusk,
when he reaches home,his father is waiting to talk to him at the porch.