Friday, April 8, 2016

Ode to a Drink of Water and a Day Off...

We're featuring rhyming children's stories as a part of Angie Karcher's #RhyPiBoMo writing challenge in April. This week we clued you in on an excellent poet. Here are two of our favorite Shel Silverstein poems... enjoy!

My favorite poem of all time...Lazy Jane ~ F
Best Shel Silverstein Poem...Sick ~ L


SICK
"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"




Does anyone else have a favorite Shel Silverstein poem or any other poem that you would like to share with us? 

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42 comments:

  1. Ohmygosh, I love Shel Silverstein. My children always bring home his poetry books and we all laugh out loud. I've read the ones above. They are sing-songy and have wonderful rhythm. Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. Victoria- Aren't his poems so much fun! Glad you and your children enjoy them together. :) ~F

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  2. These were cute to read. Growing up with the kids, we didn't do much Shel Silverstein. Not sure why. We did a lot of Doctor Seuss though.

    betty

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    1. Betty- Glad you enjoyed them! Dr. Seuss is fun too! :) ~F

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  3. Wow, I had no idea he was born in 1930!

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    1. Leandra- I was surprised too! :) ~F

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  4. Sure has some fun ones indeed. The sick one was always a favorite.

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    1. Pat- I am sure you and your cat must enjoy his rhymes. :) ~F

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  5. I love both the poems you shared and another favourite is;

    Underneath the poet tree,
    Come and rest awhile with me,
    And watch the way the word-web weaves
    Between the shady story leaves.
    The branches of the poet tree
    Reach from the mountains to the sea.
    So come and dream, or come and climb —
    Just don’t get hit by falling rhymes.

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    1. Barbara- I love this! Thanks for sharing it with us! :) ~F

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  6. The peanut butter sandwich one was a favorite as child. My kids love The Dirtiest Man and Hungry Mungry. So funny!

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    1. Shelley- Those are great ones too! So many fun poems to choose from!:) ~F

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  7. Now these are funny and the last one reminds me of a person I know....just end it with having a beer instead of going out to play

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    1. Birgit- I am glad you enjoyed these. I laugh every time I read both of them! :) ~F

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  8. Great poems. I need to read some poetry.

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    1. Kelly- Shel's poems are tons of fun! :) ~F

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  9. Lazy Jane and Sick are two great poems, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Brenda- Glad you liked them! :) ~F

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  10. I'm not much for poems, but when they're in children's books they're SO fun!

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    1. Stephanie- Children's poems are definitely lots of fun! :) ~F

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  11. I've never heard these poems until you introduced them here... I laughed at the first one and second one made me smile as it reminded me of my oldest daughter and her never ending excuses for not going to school... xox

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    1. Launna- So glad to introduce you to Shel and that you enjoyed them. I think there are a lot of parents that can relate to Sick.:) ~F

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  12. These are priceless. I have his Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic books. The Crocodile's Toothache is fun, but so are the others. Can't think of a special one.

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    1. Beverly- Those two books are two of my favorites. He does have a lot of fun poems! :) ~F

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  13. So great. My favorite is "Prayer of the Selfish Child." His work seems destined to stand the test of time.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- That is a great one too! :) ~F

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  14. These two are WONDERFUL! They put a big smile of delight on my face. Thanks so much for sharing them! :)

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    1. Lexa- Glad we could make you smile! :) ~F

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  15. I like the form of the first one but the poem itself could've been much wittier and smarter with clever and sweet rhymes, methinks.

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    1. Dezmond- I think the form adds to the style for sure! :) ~F

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  16. What a hoot! Love his rhymes and all my kids do, too.

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  17. I love Shel Silverstein! My kids love him too. We have a few of his books and my kids will laugh their guts out every time we read them.

    Dena @ Batch of Books

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    1. Dena- They are definitely tons of fun to share with kids. Lots of laughs for sure! :) ~F

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  18. I like those two you've featured, as well as Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Wouldn't Take the Garbage Out!

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    1. Claudine- I love that one too! :) ~F

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  19. Oh, this brings back wonderful memories of reading his poetry to my girls. Hug of War is the first one that comes to mind, but I love so many of them!

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    1. Beth- I love Hug O'War! Such a great one! :) ~F

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  20. Interesting poems :D I'm not a poem person, lol, but adore this post even so. Thank you for sharing. <3

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    1. Carina- Glad you enjoyed the poems! :) ~F

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  21. The Lazy Jane poem really reminded me of the kind of poetry I liked to read back in the day. Sometimes I miss it - with the fun drawings and also the formatting meaning something as well. I need more poetry like that these days as well!

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    1. Olivia-Savannah, It is fun when the format goes with a poem! Glad this poem brought you back. :)
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