I read poetry to my fourth graders on an almost daily basis. So far this year, they have heard/read poets like Douglas Florian, J. Patrick Lewis, Anna Grossnickle Hines, Langston Hughes and Robert Frost. While they enjoy lots of different kinds of poetry, if I'm really honest, their favorite poems are the funny ones. I've just found a book, then, that I think my kids are going to love.
SPINSTER GOOSE is a series of 27 poems about badly behaved children. The first poem, "An Introduction from Mother Goose," lays the groundwork for the book:
" There are many naughty children
far beyond my expertise.
I tried my best to help them
but the problems would not cease…"
Mother Goose decides to send these naughty children to her sister, Spinster Goose. Old Spinster Goose has the perfect consequences:
The pinchers get pinched
And the pokers get poked.
The biters get bit,
And the smokers get smoked.
The takers get taken.
The sordid get sore.
The shakers get shaken
right down to their core.
Each poem is adapted from or based on a well-known (ok, maybe some are not so well known, at least not to some kids) nursery rhyme. "The Gum Chewer," for example, comes from "See Saw Marjory Daw." "The Swearer," which I know my kids will love, is a take off on "Baa Baa Black Sheep:"
Baa Baa Black Sheep
loves to curse and swear
Here a BLEAT. There a BLEAT.
BLEAT BLEAT everywhere…"
There are poems about bullies, dirty kids, substandard subs, cheaters, nose pickers, interrupters, fibbers, and even one for the custodian. I know my kids are going to love every one!
I checked this book out of the library, but it's definitely one I have to own!
POETRY FRIDAY is hosted by April Halprin Wayland at Teaching Authors.