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My 3 year old has won a poetry competition - AIBU to think this is just another way to rip parents off?

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YellowDinosaur Fri 27-May-11 18:09:30

Today my 3 year old son came home from nursery with a letter and a medal which he was proudly wearing 'because I have been good'.

Inside the letter was a certificate and a letter basically saying he has written a poem that has been specially selected to be published in a collection of poems written by children in our area. The children were, apparently, given the format and 'filled it in with their imagination'.

On reading it it is a 10 line poem that couldn't possibly have been written by a 3 year old. There are possibly 11 words that could have been selected by him to personalise it, of which 6 I can identify as being things be would have said (this is out of about 70 words in the poem in total).

They are asking permission to publish it in a book that we are welcome to buy for £15.99 or can get 3 for the price of 2.

AIBU to think this is just a money making scam and if I was to ask other parents at nursery all of their children will have been selected too and they will all be 'allowed' to buy a book with their childs poem in too?

As dh said if it had been a poem that sounded as though he might have actually written, or even if it was this poem but illustrated by him we would have been well up for it and very proud. As it is we just feel irritated that this is yet another excuse to get money out of parents by a group of chancers.

I am perfectly prepared to be told I am wrong if others have had experience of this by the way!

activate Fri 27-May-11 18:10:18

yes it's a scam that has been doing the rounds for years and I would complain vociferously to the school for taking part
it's absolute rubbish

NorfolkNChance Fri 27-May-11 18:10:39

Very common round here and widely viewed as a money spinner.

risingstar Fri 27-May-11 18:10:49

its a money making scam.

maxcliffordslovechild Fri 27-May-11 18:14:42

got ripped off on that one a few years back, the poems are prewritten and all the DC do is add the odd word. the book is full of the same poem over and over again

KirstyJC Fri 27-May-11 18:18:35

We had that from both nursey and school. It is a scam and I was surprised the school went for it tbh.

YellowDinosaur Fri 27-May-11 18:18:51

Glad its not just me!

I was actually contemplating getting one until I re-read it and thought wtf? There is NO WAY he has written this and I might as well have mug stamped on my forehead if I get one!!!

Although if they had got me at a weak or hormonal moment they would probably have had me!

TheOriginalFAB Fri 27-May-11 18:20:14

You don't have to buy it..

Andrewofgg Fri 27-May-11 18:21:13

There's one born every minute and the publishers see them coming.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Fri 27-May-11 18:21:29

I would ask the school for your DS's original draft so that you can frame it...
I wouldn't buy the book, OP... not without checking what your son's royalties will be. grin

Are schools really this money-grubbing and convinced that parents are stupid? hmm

Punkatheart Fri 27-May-11 18:22:13

I am a professional writer and I am cross to see these things being targeted at parents and small children. A complaint should be made. Who pays £15.99 for a book of poems? I love poetry but that is outrageous.

I hope there will be no emotional blackmail from the school. Tell your child well done, photocopy the poem and put it in a frame. If you really don't want it, wait until your child forgets and then shuffle it away somewhere...

Threadworm8 Fri 27-May-11 18:24:10

Ugh. That is very horrible. God, the commercialisation of our children plumbs new depths every day. It is revolting.

aristocat Fri 27-May-11 18:25:24

yes our school did this too, the books parents ordered arrived about 6months after the poems were chosen

there are lots of threads on here about the scam

YellowDinosaur Fri 27-May-11 18:26:09

Punkatheart the thiing is is that ds isn't even aware he has done this. He often comes home from nursery proudly announcing that he has been good or clutching some 'art' that comprises a few scribbles on a piece of paper.

When I had read the letter I asked why he had a medal thinking that if he mentioned the poem I would big him up about it and stick it on the wall. He just said 'I've been hood and I got 2 stars too' and carried on playing oblivious

YellowDinosaur Fri 27-May-11 18:27:44

Lyingwitch I was tempted to write to them saying they are welcome to use my sons 'creative piece of distintion' but I will be expecting a cut of the profits in order to support my sons illustrious career as a 'poet of the future' grin

YellowDinosaur Fri 27-May-11 18:28:26

good not hood

aristocat Fri 27-May-11 18:28:27

is it called Young Writers?

YellowDinosaur Fri 27-May-11 18:29:05

It is indeed aristocat

meditrina Fri 27-May-11 18:29:37

Is this anything to do with Young Writers - is so see this thread. And perhaps have a look anyhow - the company sometimes changes name.

meditrina Fri 27-May-11 18:30:30

x-posts. Do look at the thread I linked, and stay well clear!

BobbaFettBountyHunter Fri 27-May-11 18:30:56

Oh god, I brought this book. Is it a scam? More fool me!

aristocat Fri 27-May-11 18:32:02

since our school did it i investigated as my DD was indeed another winner hmm this company arrange lots of competitions for schools and as another poster earlier said the poems have a theme and are much the same.

TBH my DDs school was naive and after parents complaining the idea hasnt been done again

ProfYaffle Fri 27-May-11 18:33:32

We had this last year too, I ignored it despite repeated reminder letters from school. Sad to see so many parents fell for it, FB was full of proud status updates.

YellowDinosaur Fri 27-May-11 18:42:53

I've just read the other thread - the nursery didn't give out our address as the letter was addressed to the nursery. I think I'll be sending a few texts tonight to other parents in his class!

TidyDancer Fri 27-May-11 18:43:45

I think this was the company we had at DS's school. Identical situation, but can't remember for sure the name of the scammers.

Avoid anything like this, awful scam.

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