"A bird in the hand is better than a moose" reads one of the newly-written proverbs created by Rochester Elementary students in April, 1993. (Herald / Dylan Kelley)

A Funny Book of Proverbs


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Twenty-five years ago schools were passing budgets, gardens were getting planted, and some Rochester elementary students were getting ready to publish a book of proverbs.

Reporter Jill Jesso shared this story in The Herald’s April 22, 1993 edition:

“People who live in glass houses can be embarrassed” and “don’t put all your eggs in your mouth” are only a few of the proverbs created by the second grade at Rochester Elementary School.

Second grade teacher Gail McIntyre said she gives the stu- dents the beginning of a proverb like “an apple a day ...” and they have to write their own unique endings.

Other proverbs included “A bird in the hand is better than a moose” by Hannah Rice and “Loose lips can be glued or taped on,” by Coral Allen. Dean Blomquist wisely wrote “Two wrongs don’t make mom happy.”

McIntyre said the proverbs will be published in a book en- titled “our book of proverbs 1993."

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