Sunday, April 4, 2010

More, more, bring on four.

There was a pigeon,
A mighty flier,
His friends all called him
Pigeon McGuire.

But he perched upon
An electric wire--
And that was the end of
Pigeon McGuire!

--Langston Hughes

from The Sweet and Sour Animal Book, alphabet animal poems by Langston Hughes; illustrated by the students of the Harlem School of the Arts. Oxford UP: 1994.

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  1. Like this one. And I'd not known that Hughes wrote anything for children.

  2. Kids love this kind of humour! I will have a look for it in the library.

  3. Hughes' poetry is so wonderful - beautiful, yet still really kid-friendly.


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