Archive for February, 2011

The Circus!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

THE CIRCUS!

Tomorrow I join the circus!
Yep, I’m gonna run away.
But first I need to find my act,
I’ve only got a day.

I thought about a bearded-lady
But just can’t grow a beard.
And furthermore, since I’m a boy
That might be kinda weird.

Lion-tamer might do the trick
If only they didn’t bite.
Tight-rope walker — that might work
Except for my fear of heights.

How about an acrobat?
I cannot touch my toes.
Strong man, clown or fire-breather?
Surely none of those!

I guess the only job for me
Is human cannonball.
Which makes me think…
On second thought…
I won’t go after all!

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Richard Wilkinson.



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Fractured by Fractions

Friday, February 18th, 2011

FRACTURED BY FRACTIONS

Ruth was puzzled; Ruth was perplexed.
Ruth was worried; Ruth was just vexed.

Today was Monday: tomorrow was near.
At 9am on Tuesday came Ruth’s dreaded fear.

Ruth’s problem was numbers; fractions to be exact.
Demon denominators and numerators in fact.

Miss Allard had explained it; she had cut up pizza pies.
Miss Allard had tried so hard; but all Ruth could do was cry.

“See, 1 over 5 is one fifth,” Miss Allard wrote.
“Then 1 over 6 is one sixth,” Miss Allard spoke.

“So 1 over 7 is one seventh,” Miss Allard said.
“And 1 over 8 is one eighth.” Numbers buzzed in Ruth’s head.

“I don’t understand it. I can’t see what you mean.
Please show me one more time,” Ruth begged her friend Jean.

Jean said “1 over 2 is one half,” to Ruth in Duluth.
Ruth smiled and said ” But wouldn’t 1 over 2 be one tooth?”

Eowana JordanWritten by Eowana Jordan.
Illustrated by Ann Troe.



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PB&J

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Don’t be afraid of jellyfishes.
(With peanut butter, they’re quite delicious.)

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Maria Bogade.



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Mispronuncitations

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011


MISPRONUNCITATIONS

We visit all the time,
I’ve been going all my life—
I’m pretty sure I know just how it’s sayed.
Just watch for a sign,
There will be one in no time,
And the right pronuncitation’ll be displayed.
A sign! Here it comes!
I’m going to prove that you’re all chumps!
You’ll see that I’ve been right all along!
But what is this? Why, oh why?!
I can’t believe my weary eyes!
Even here they say Misconsin wrong!!!!

Karen Bjork KubinWritten by Karen Bjork Kubin.
Illustrated by Nicholas Andrew Davies



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