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Bird Poems for Children

By Josie Whitehead

Geese on grass


By Josie Whitehead

Goosey Goosey Gander

Goosey Goosey Gander

 Is like the salamander -

     At home on land and water

     Doing what he ought-ter.


He’s a most efficient guard dog;

More ferocious than a warthog.

     His warming feathers, white or grey,

     Make cosy fillings for duvets.


Potatoes cooked in goose fat?

Nothing can surpass that -

     And when you have a chesty cold,

     Rub goose-fat on your chest we’re told.

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You have been given lots of interesting information about the gander, but . . . . 


1    What is the difference between a goose and a gander?

2     What else can this bird do other than swim or walk on

             the land?

3      What is a salamander?  Yes, it is similar to the gander just                  because it is at home on land or water, but how else is

              it different?  Find a picture of a gander and a 

              salamander for you class notice board with the facts

              written beside each.         Josie 

PS  Not many words rhyme with gander, do they?

Goosey Goosey Gander is one of hundreds of very old 'nursery rhymes.'  I've used many nursery rhymes/rhythms as the basis of a poem and you may like to see them here.

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