Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Whee! It's Dennis Lee

Poetry month, Day 13: Dennis Lee is not only one of the greats of children's poetry, he's one of the great poets period. Plus, he's Canadian. There a lots of Lee collections to choose from, but I'm going to rock it old school here because my favourite Lee poem is in the book that started it all:

Bouncing Song
Hambone, jawbone, mulligatawney stew,
Pork chop, lamb chop, cold homebrew.
Licorice sticks and popsicles, ice cream pie:
Strawberry, chocolate, vanilla!!!

--Dennis Lee

from Alligator Pie, poems by Dennis Lee; pictures by Frank Newfeld. Key Porter Books, 1974.

(Note: when quoting poems online, always include a full citation for the collection from which the poem originated. If the poem is not in the public domain (i.e. is still in copyright) abide by the principle of Fair Dealing in your use of the work.)


  1. This is one of my favourite books from childhood, ever. I still have it somewhere.

  2. Both girls choose Bubblegum Delicious for their read-aloud poem at school. I do love Dennis Lee.


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