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Poems for Younger Children

By Josie Whitehead

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This is a fantastic Performance Poem as I've seen many times.  The five hungry ducklings are still coming to my house for me to give them bird seed each spring.  The ones in my poem are parents now of course, but still turn to humans for food as well as heads down and bottoms up.

Five Hungry Ducklings - Peter's Picture.jpg

The lovely picture above is the work of Peter Hudspith.  Thank you Peter.


By Josie Whitehead

Five Hungry Ducklings
Thanks to Martin Torbert, USA
Five Hungry Ducklings - Voice Recording
Josie's Voice Recording

There were five hungry ducklings
      Swimming on a lake:
'My word!' said their Mummy -
      'What a long time you take.'

     'What a long, long time you take!'

'Look, bottoms up, heads down;
      Just copy what I do.
I have to fish for tasty food
     And you must do so too.

     'Yes you must do so too.'


The five hungry ducklings
     Quickly all then said:
'But if we charm those humans,
      They’ll throw us bread instead.'

     'They'll throw us bread instead. -

      Yes, they'll throw us bread instead.'

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Children:  Bread isn't the best food for ducks, but they like a little.  See what else you should give them.  I buy large bags of wild bird food for them and they love it, and so do the other birds to my garden.

This poem has been published by Oxford University Press and has travelled the world in their books.  The children say they like this poem and I hope you all do.  There are many Indian children on You Tube  performing this poem.  Josie 

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