Poems for Younger Children

By Josie Whitehead

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Ten Tiny Tadpoles

Ten tiny tadpoles 
     Had a dreadful fate:
A trout came up and grabbed two
     And then there were . . .  eight.


Eight tiny tadpoles
     Learning how to dive.
A kingfisher ate three of them
     And then there were . . . five.


Five tiny tadpoles     
    Swimming fast and free.
A heron took two in his beak
     And so this left only . . . three.


Three tiny tadpoles
     Warming in the sun.
Their mummy ate them by mistake
      And now there are . . . none.

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