Archive for July, 2010

I Gave The Poodle Bubble Gum

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010


I gave the poodle bubblegum.
Shhh, don’t mention it to mum…

I gave the poodle bubblegum.
But now I’m feeling glum.

‘Cause there’s gum in her hair
And on the chair… and everywhere.

But that’s not the biggest trouble
With letting your poodle blow a bubble.

The real problem? Well, that would be…
Now she blows better bubbles than me.

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Barb Bjornson.



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Book Club

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

BOOK CLUB

The finest book they’d ever seen.
They all agreed.
Too bad they couldn’t read.

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Written and illustrated by Nina Crittenden.

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Where Does Your Shadow Go At Night?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Where does your shadow go at night?
……Where does it go when you turn out the light?
Does it shiver under your bed in fright
……Or take wing like an eagle in flight?
In the dark, will it find its way?
……Will it meet other shadows and play?
Or does it sit still and wait for day?
……Where shadows go is hard to say.
Does it play tricks that can be cruel
……Like hiding your shoes so your late for school?
Maybe it climbs from the warmth of your bed
……And rides the wind like a swift snow sled.
Where does your shadow go when you sleep?
……Where will it be while your dreaming deep?
It covers you up like a shadowy sheet
……To keep you warm from your head to your feet
And greets you with the first light of dawn
……As you both start your day with a stretch and a yawn.

John CareyWritten by John Carey.
Illustrated by Sharon Wagner.



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Tall Tales

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Paul S. Meier is a big ol’ liar.
He tells tall tales to make himself higher.

He’s ridden a bull and wrestled an ox,
Hunted with kings and captured a fox.

His race car goes a hundred and three.
He drank ten sodas and never went pee.

All of Paul’s tales would be easier to buy
If — when the lights went out — he didn’t cry.

The thing I’ve learned from my friend Paul:
The taller the tale, the harder it falls.

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Ann Troe.



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Lucky Stew

Thursday, July 8th, 2010


Are ‘ya down on your luck,
Little buckaroo?
Well, let me teach you how
To make “Lucky Stew”:

A rabbit’s foot
And a four-leaf clover.
A chewed-up bone
From a dog named Rover.

An old shoelace
And a wooden nickel.
A broken wishbone…
Some rotten pickles.

A shooter marble
And a painted rock.
Three horseshoes
In a smelly sock.

Now just add water
And mix it ’round.
I’d say yer lucky
If you can keep it down.

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Christy Schneider.



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