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There are readers theater's and poems here for two or three students to a class.  Several of them were written by me or my class. 

Grizzly Bear

by Mary Austin

Reader 1: If you ever, ever, ever, meet a grizzly bear

Reader 2: You must never, never, never, ask him where he is going,

Reader 3: Or what he is doing;

Reader 1: For if you ever, ever, ever, dare to stop a grizzly bear

Reader 2: You will never, never, never, meet another

Reader 3: grizzly bear.


Grizzly

Reader 1: Grizzly bear, where have you been?
Reader 2: Over the mountains,
Reader 3: Such things I've seen!

Reader 1: Grizzly bear, what have you done?
Reader 2: Eaten blueberries
Reader 3: Made ripe by the sun.

Reader 1: Grizzly bear, what have you found?
Reader 2: Ice-cold spring water
Reader 3: Deep from the ground.

Reader 1: Grizzly bear, what do you dream?
Reader 2: Sweet tasting salmon
Reader 3: Swimming upstream.

Reader 1: Grizzly bear, where do you creep?
Reader 2: Into my dark cave
Reader 3: Alone, let me sleep!

by David Booth


Polar Bear

Reader 1: Polar Bear, where have you been?
Reader 2: Over the ice, and through the snow
Reader 3: Such things I've seen!

Reader 1: Polar Bear, what have you done?
Reader 2: Eaten seals
Reader 3: While laying in the sun.

Reader 1: Polar Bear, what have you found?
Reader 2: A mother Polar Bear with her cubs
Reader 3: Coming deep from the ground.

Reader 1: Polar Bear, what do you dream?
Reader 2: Sweet tasting seals
Reader 3: Swimming in a stream.

Reader 1: Polar Bear, where do you creep?
Reader 2: Along the ice and snow
Reader 3: Leave me alone, let me sleep!



Polar Bear


Reader 1:  Brrr! Brrr! Polar bear, living on the frozen ice.
Reader 2:  Your bright, white furry coat, keeps you warm and nice.
Reader 3:  Brrr! Brrr! Polar bear, swimming in the sea.

Reader 1:  In the freezing water catching seals.
Reader 2:  Hundreds of miles from shore he runs.
Reader 3:  Searching for lots of lively seals.

Reader 1:  Running on the frozen ice and looking for his next meal.
Reader 2:  Brrr! Brrr! Sometimes he need to swim under the ice to catch his prey.
Reader 3:  Four inches of blubber keeps him warm.

           

Polar Bears
                                By J. Griffin

Reader 1:  Polar Bears are meat eaters and can go weeks between meals.
Reader 2: They have a large stomach and they store body fat.
Reader 3:  They are about 3 1/2 tall when on all four feet, and are about eight to eleven feet from nose to tail.

Reader 1:   The females weigh about 660 pounds & the males weigh about 1,200 pounds.
Reader 2:  Their forepaws are about 12 inches wide with some webbing between their toes. 
Reader 3:  Their feet are covered with dense fur for better walking and running on the ice.

Reader 1:  Polar bears have two types of white or yellowish white fur.  They have thick woolly fur close to the skin to keep them warm.
Reader 2:  They also have hollow guard hairs that stick up, protect the bears from getting wet, and help them float in the water. 
Reader 3:  Polar bears can swim 60 miles without resting.  They are excellent divers and can stay underwater for two minutes.
       
Reader 1:  Mother polar bear usually has two babies in December or January while hibernating or sleeping. 

Reader 2:  The babies are born helpless and Mother Bear has to teach them to take care of themselves. 
Reader 3:  The bear cubs usually stay with mother for two and a half years before going off on their own.

Reader 1:  Polar bears talk to each other through body language and grunts, groans and growling.
Reader 2:  They sometimes look for another polar bear so they can play.
Reader 3:  They travel long distances and can cover over 100,000 square miles in their lifetime. They can live to be 25 years or older.


Dinosaur Land

author unknown

CHARACTERS:  2        MEAT EATER            PLANT EATER
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MEAT EATER:    (LOOKING AT PLANT EATER) IS THAT ALL YOU EVER EAT?

PLANT EATER:    WHY NOT? I HAPPEN TO LIKE PLANTS.

MEAT EATER:    YOU'LL NEVER GROW UP TO BE BIG AND STRONG LIKE ME!

PLANT EATER:    AT LEAST I DON'T GO AROUND EATING POOR HELPLESS LITTLE ANIMALS.

MEAT EATER:    YOU WOULD, TOO, IF YOU WEREN'T SUCH A SISSY!

PLANT EATER:    A SISSY! WATCH IT, BUSTER,  OR l'LL THROW THIS TREE AT YOU!

MEAT EATER:    YOU PLANT EATERS RUIN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

PLANT EATER:    AT LEAST PLANTS GROW BACK. ANIMALS NEVER DO!

MEAT EATER:    WELL I HAVE TO EAT, DON'T 1?

PLANT EATER:    I SUPPOSE. BUT SO DO I. SO STOP PESTERING ME. BESIDES, I'M ON A DIET THIS MONTH.

MEAT EATER:    YOU SHOULD BE! (LOOKIN6 UPWARDS) LOOK HOW B1G YOU'VE G0TTEN.

PLANT EATER:    LOOK WHO'S TALKING. I MAY BE TALLER, BUT YOU'RE CERTAINLY B1GGER AROUND THE MIDDLE.

MEAT EATER:    LUCKY FOR YOU I DON'T LIKE PLANT EATING ANIMALS.

PLANT EATER:    OH, YEAH? AND LUCKY FOR YOU YOU'RE NOT A PLANT.

MEAT EATER:    OH, YEAH? (PUFFS OUT CHEST AND STRUTS)

PLANT EATER:    YEAH! (ALSO PUFFS OUT CHEST)

MEAT EATER:    ONE OF THESE DAYS . . . (RAISES FIST)

PLANT EATER:    ONE OF THESE DAYS YOU WON'T BE AROUND ANY MORE!

MEAT EATER:    WELL, IF I GO, YOU GO TOO!



When Santa Lost His Boots!
                                                         by J. Griffin
Characters:  Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, Rudolph, narrator

Narrator:  This story takes place at the  North Pole in Santa’s
    house on Christmas Eve.
Santa:  “I can’t find my black boots!  Who ever heard of Santa
    wearing sneakers on Christmas Eve?  I need to start
    delivering presents in forty-five minutes!”
Mrs. Claus:  “Did you look in the closet?”
Santa:  “Yes, I looked there!”
Mrs. Claus:  “Did you look under the bed?”
Santa:  “Yes, I looked there!”
Mrs. Claus:  “Did you look in the sleigh?”
Santa:  “Yes, I looked there!  I’ve looked everywhere for my
    boots!”
First Elf:  “Santa, did you look beside the chimney?”
Santa:  “Yes, I’ve looked everywhere!”
Second Elf:  “Did you look in the coat closet beside the door?”
Santa:  “Yes, I tell you, I’ve looked everywhere!”
All:  “He’s looked everywhere!”
Third Elf screams:  “ Help!  Someone has stolen Santa’s boots!” 
Fourth Elf:  “What do you mean, someone has stolen Santa’s             boots?”
First Reindeer:  “Do you think we have a thief here at the North
    Pole?”
Second Reindeer:  “You know we don’t have any thieves here!!”
First Elf:  “Maybe they are in the lost and found?”
Second Elf:  “We don’t have a lost and found, because no one
    ever looses anything!”
Third Elf:  “Maybe we should have one!”
Fourth Elf:  ‘Where would we put it?”
Santa:  “Why are you worrying about a lost and found?  That’s
    not helping me find my boots!”
Mrs. Claus:  “Santa is right!” 
All:  “We’ve got to find his boots!”
First Reindeer:  “Santa, are you sure you looked everywhere?”
Santa:  “Yes, I’ve looked everywhere!  I’ve looked in the house,        
and I’ve looked in the garden.  I’ve looked in the barn, and        
I’ve looked in the shed!  I’ve looked in the kitchen, and I’ve       
looked in the den! They are not here!”
Second Reindeer:  “I think Santa has looked everywhere!       
All:  “Here come’s Rudolph!”
Rudolph:  “Hey, are we going around the world tonight or not? 
    Why is everyone standing around?  We’ve got lots of
    presents to deliver!”
All:  “Santa has lost his boots!”
Rudolph:  “No he hasn’t.  I cleaned out the sleigh and found them
under the seat.”
All:  “Rudolph found Santa’s boots!”
Santa:  “You found them in the sleigh!  I wonder how they got
    there!”
Mrs. Claus:  “Don’t you remember telling me you never could find
    them on Christmas Eve.  You decided to put them where
    you’d never loose them!”
All (laughing):  “Santa, next year Mrs. Claus will take care of
    your boots!”
Rudolph:  “Is everything ready for us to leave now?”
Santa:  “Yes, I already put the presents in the sleigh. So we’re
    ready to go!”
Mrs. Claus:  “Santa, have you forgotten anything?”
Santa:  “No, I don’t think so.”                                    
Mrs. Claus:  “Don’t you think you should put your boots on?”
Santa:  “I guess I forgot!”
All:  (laughing)  “Oh, Santa!”
Narrator:  Santa is ready to leave the North Pole and travel            
around the world to deliver his toys.  Do you think he’ll loose
his boots again?  I certainly hope not!  Wouldn’t he look funny
in his red suit and sneakers?                                                       
The End!


THE GREAT KAPOK TREE Play by J. Griffin's class

ANNOUNCER:  Lynne Cherry wrote The Great Kapok Tree to let the world know what happens to the Rain Forest creatures and to the entire planet when Rain Forests are destroyed.

SCENE 1:
Two men walk up to kapok tree (one with ax).  The other man points to the tree & leaves. The man with the ax starts cutting on the tree,  Ax man keeps chopping on tree, & keeps wiping sweat off face.  Finally gets tired & sits down at the bottom of the tree & falls
asleep.

SCENE 2:
    Boa constrictors slither down tree & hisses in axman’s ear.
BOA 1:  “S-S-S-Senhor, this tree is a tree of miracles-s-s-s.”
BOA 2:  “It is my home, where generations-s-s-s of my ances-s-s-s-tors-s-s-s have lived.”
BOA 1 & 2:  “Do not chop it down!”
    Boas go back up tree & settle on branch.

SCENE 3:
    Bees buzz around man & say in his ear.
BEE 1:  Senhor, my hive is in this Kapok tree, and I fly from tree to tree and flower to flower collecting pollen.”
BEE 2:  “In this way, we pollinate the trees and flowers throughout the rainforest.”
BEE 1 & 2:  “You see, all living things depend on one another.” 
    Bees land on tree branch.

SCENE 4:
    Monkeys scamper down to the man and chatter in his ear.
MONKEY 1:  “Senhor, we have seen the ways of man.  You chop down one tree, then come back for another.”
MONKEY 2:  “The roots of these great trees will wither and die, and there will be nothing
    left to hold the earth in place.
MONKEY1:  “When the heavy rains come, the soil will be washed away.”
MONKEY 2:  “And the forest will become a desert.”
    Monkeys climb back up into tree.

SCENE 5:
    Birds fly down & squawk into man’s ear.
TOUCAN;  “Senhor! you must not cut down this tree.”
MACAW:  “We have flown over the rainforest and seen what happens once you begin to chop down     the trees.”
COCK-OF-THE-ROCK:  “Many people settle on the land.  They set fires to clear the underbrush, and soon the forest disappears.”
TOUCAN:  “Where once there was life and beauty...”
MACAW & COCK-OF-THE-ROCK:  “...Only black and smoldering ruins remain.”
    Birds fly up on to tree limb.

SCENE 6:
    Tree frogs crawl down & squeak into man’s ear.
FROG 1:  “Senhor, a ruined rain forest means ruined lives...many ruined lives.”
FROG 2:  “You will leave many of us homeless if you chop down this great Kapok tree.”
    Frogs hop off.

SCENE 7:
    Jaguar silently growls into man’s ear.
JAGUAR:  “Senhor, the Kapok tree is home to many birds and animals.  If you cut it down, where will I find my dinner?”
      Silently goes back onto tree limb.

SCENE 8:
    Porcupines whisper into man’s ear.
PORCUPINE 1:   “Senhor, do you know what we animals and humans need in order to live?
PORCUPINE 1 & 2:  “Oxygen.”
PORCUPINE 2:  “And Senhor, do you  know what trees produce?”
PORCUPINE 1 & 2:  “Oxygen.”
PORCUPINE 1:  “If you cut down the forests...”
PORCUPINE 2:  “You will destroy that which gives us all life.”
    Porcupines stay on ground.

SCENE 9:
    Anteaters climb down & say to the sleeping man.
ANTEATER 1:  “Senhor, you are chopping down this tree with no thought for the future.”
ANTEATER 2:  “And surely you know that what happens tomorrow depends upon what you do
    today.”
ANTEATER 1:  “The big man tells you to chop down a beautiful tree.”
ANTEATER 2:  He does not think of his own children...”
ANTEATER 1 & 2:  “...Who tomorrow must live in a world without trees.”
    Anteaters stay on ground.

SCENE 10:
    Three-toed sloths climb down on ground & speak in lazy voices.
THREE-TOED SLOTH 1:  “Senhor, how much is beauty worth?  Can you live without it?”
THREE-TOED SLOTH 2:  “If you destroy the beauty of the rain forest, on what would you
    feast your eye?”
    Sloths stay on ground.

SCENE 11:
    Boy  who lives in the rain forest kneels and whispers in man’s ear.
BOY:  “Senhor, when you awake, please look upon us all with new eyes.”
    Then he stands & looks at the man.

SCENE 12:
    Man awakens and stares at all the animals and boy.  He looks about, smells the flowers, and looks around some more.  He stands & picks up his ax and swings back his arm to chop on the tree.  Suddenly he stops.  He turns and looks at the animals again.  Then he throws the ax down & walks away. 

ANNOUNCER:  I hope you have enjoyed our play.   It was written by Mrs. Griffin’s 2000-2001 homeroom class.

                        THE END

Players:  22
announcer
sleeping man
boss man
boa constrictor   1 & 2
bees  1 & 2
monkeys 1 & 2
toucan
cock-of-the-rock
macaw
frogs 1 & 2
jaguar
porcupines 1 & 2
anteaters 1 & 2
three-toed sloth 1 & 2
boy

Arthur is Bored  by J. Griffin
Two characters:  Arthur & D.W.

Arthur:  “I’m bored!”
D.W:  “Do you want to play dolls with me?”
Arthur:  “No way!”
D.W: “We could watch T.V.”
Arthur:  “No, I don’t want to watch T.V.”
D.W:  I know!  I have the new Bionic Bunny book.  We could read that.”
Arthur:  “I’ve already read it at school.”
D.W:  “We could look for our water guns.”
Arthur:  “I broke mine and it won’t shoot water very far.”
D.W:  “We could call Francine and see if we could play together.”
Arthur:  “Francine’s gone to visit her cousin.”
D.W:  “We could play catch.”
Arthur:  “Have you looked outside?  It’s pouring down rain!”
D.W:  “Well, I give up!  I can’t think of anything better for us to do.”
Arthur:  “We could go play the new computer game Mom bought us last week.  It looked like it would be fun to play.”
D.W:  “Yes!  Let’s go play that new game!  I get to play first and I bet I’ll have the highest score!”

FIRE! FIRE!

by Bill Martin Jr.
All:    Fire! Fire!
Reader 1:    said Mrs. McGuire.
All:    Where? Where?
Reader 2:    said Mrs. Bear.
All:    Down! Down!
Reader 3:    said Mrs. Brown.
All:    Help! Help!
Reader 4:    said Mrs. Kelp.
All:    Here I come,
Reader 1:    said Mrs. Plumb.
All:    Water! Water!
Reader 2:    said Mrs. Votter.
All:    Well, I declare!
Reader 3:    said Mrs. Wear.
All:    Oh, help, come and save us!
Reader 4:    cried Mrs. Davis.
All:    As she fell down the stairs
     With a sack of potatoes.


Alphabet Rap

Reader 1 & 2: A-B- CDE

Reader 1: Down on the farm is where I want to be!

Reader 1 & 2: F-G- HIJ

Reader 2: Milking the cows and bringing in the hay!

Reader 1 & 2: K-L- MNO

Reader 1: Where the trees and the plants from seedlings grow!

Reader 1 & 2: P-Q- RST

Reader 2: Riding a horse across the fields so free!

Reader 1 & 2: U-V- WXY

Reader 1: But it's time to leave and say good-bye!

Reader 1 & 2: Z-Z- ZZZ

Reader 2: Down at the farm is where I want to be.


School Time        by Vera Trembach

Reader 1: A B C D E F G

Reader 2: School time, learning time

Reader 3: For you and me.

Reader 1: H I J K L M N O P

Reader 2: Recess time, book time,

Reader 3: For you and me.

Reader 1: Q R S T U V

Reader 2: Gym time, sing time,

Reader 3: For you and me.

Reader 1: W X and Y and Z

Reader 2: I'll be really tired,

Reader 3: When I go to bed.

All: Shhhhh!


I Know All the Sounds The Animals Make

Reader 1: I know all the sounds that the animals make,

Reader 2: And make them all day from the moment I wake,

Reader 1: I roar like a mouse, and I purr like a moose,

Reader 2: I hoot like a duck and I moo like a goose.

Reader 1: I squeak like a cat and I quack like a frog,

Reader 2: I oink like a bear, and I honk like a hog.

Reader 1: I croak like a cow, and I bark like a bee.

Reader 2: No wonder the animals marvel at me.

by Jack Prelutsky


Animals

Reader 1: This is the way the elephant goes

Reader 2: With curly trunk instead of a nose

Reader 1: The buffalo, all shaggy and fat

Reader 2: Has two sharp horns in place of a hat

Reader 1: The hippo with his mouth so wide

Reader 2: Lets you see what is inside

Reader 1: The wiggle snake upon the ground

Reader 2: Crawls along without a sound

Reader 1: But monkey see and monkey do

Reader 2: Are the funniest animals in the zoo.


Wouldn't It Be Funny?

Reader 1:
Now, wouldn't it be funny
If the creatures in the Zoo
Were all let out to walk about
And look at me and you?

Reader 2:
And wouldn't it be funny
If they put us in the cages,
And Kangaroos and Cockatoos
Came guessing at our ages.

Reader 3:
And wouldn't it be funny
If the Hippopotamus
Said, "Don't go near, I really fear
They're very dangerous."

by Pixie O'Harris


I Love Bears

Reader 1 & 2: I love bears

Reader 1: Fat bears, thin bears

Reader 1 & 2: I love bears

Reader 2: Tall bears, short bears

Reader 1 & 2: I love bears

Reader 1: Happy bears, sad bears

Reader 1 & 2: I love bears

Reader 2: Black bears, brown bears

Reader 1 & 2: I love bears.

Reader 1:  But most of all...

Reader 2:  I love teddy bears!!!


Five Little Bear Cubs

Reader 1: Five little bear cubs eating an apple core.

Reader 2: One had a sore tummy and then there were four.

Reader 1: Four little bear cubs climbing in a tree.

Reader 2: One fell out and then there were three.

Reader 1: Three little bear cubs playing peek-a-boo.

Reader 2: One was afraid, and then there were two.

Reader 1: Two little bear cubs sitting in the sun.

Reader 2: One ran away and then there was one.

Reader 1: One little bear cub sitting all alone.

Reader 2: He saw his Mommy, and then he ran home.


Fleagle the Beagle
by Diane Briggs

Reader 1: Fleagle the Beagle

Reader 2: it's time for the tub

Reader 1: I know you don't like it,

Reader 2: but you need a scrub

Reader 1: I'll wash you with soap

Reader 2: from your tail to your head

Reader 1: And when you're all clean

Reader 2: you can sleep on my bed.


Birthday Cake

Reader 1: If little mice have birthdays

Reader 2: (and I suppose they do)

Reader 1: And have a family party

Reader 2: (and guests invited too)

Reader 1: And have a cake with candles

Reader 2: (it would be rather small)

Reader 1: I bet a birthday CHEESE cake

Reader 2: would please them most of all.

by Aileen Fisher


Five Little Mice
by Marc Brown

Reader 1: Five little mice on the pantry floor

Reader 2: This little mouse peeked behind the door

Reader 1: This little mouse nibbled at the cake

Reader 2: This little mouse not a sound did make

Reader 1: This little mouse took a bit of cheese

Reader 2: This little mouse heard a kitten sneeze

Reader 1: Ah-choo sneezed the kitten and squeak they cried

Reader 2: As they found a hole and hid inside.


The Squirrel

Reader 1: Whisky, frisky, hippity hop

Reader 2: Up he goes to the tree top

Reader 1: Whirly, twirly, round and round

Reader 2: Down he scampers to the ground

Reader 1: Furly, curly, what a tail

Reader 2: Tall as a feather, broad as a snail

Reader 1: Where's his supper, in the shell

Reader 2: Snappity, crackity, out it fell.

by Marc Brown


Dinosaur Bones

Reader 1: Let's look for bones.

Reader 2: Dig, dig, dig.

Reader 1: Dinosaur bones.

Reader 2: Big, big, big.

Reader 1: Back to the lab.

Reader 2: Zip, zip, zip.

Reader 1: Clean the bones.

Reader 2: Chip, chip, chip.

Reader 1: Put them together.

Reader 2: So, so, so.

Both: We've built a dinosaur!


What's For Lunch?

Reader 1: Carnivore, carnivore, what do you eat?

Reader 2: "I am a hunter. I only eat meat!"

Reader 1: Herbivore, herbivore, what do you eat?

Reader 2: "I enjoy plants and leaves for lunch."

Reader 1: Omnivore, omnivore, how about you?

Reader 2: "I like meat and plants to chew."


I'm a Little Ice Cube

Reader 1: I'm a little ice cube, melting in the sun

Reader 2: Melting, melting, melting in the sun.

Reader 1: I'm a little ice cube getting smaller than before

Reader 2: Smaller, smaller, smaller than before.

Reader 1: I'm a little ice cube turning into water

Reader 2: Turning, turning, turning into water.

Reader 1: I'm a little water puddle looking at the sun

Reader 2: Looking, looking, looking at the sun.


Boom! Bang! Thunder!

Reader 1: Boom, bang, boom, bang

Reader 2: Rumpety, lumpety, bump!

Reader 1: Zoom, zam, zoom, zam

Reader 2: Clippety, clappety, clump

Reader 1: Rustles and bustles and swishes and zings.

Reader 2: What wonderful noises a thunderstorm brings.


If All of the Raindrops

Reader 1: If all of the raindrops,
Reader 2: Were lemon drops and gum drops,
All: Oh, what a rain that would be.

Reader 1: I'd stand outside,
Reader 2: With my mouth open wide.
All:  Oh, what a rain it would be.

Reader 1: If all of the raindrops,
Reader 2: Were lemon drops and gum drops,
All: Oh, what a rain it would be.

Reader 1: If all of the snowflakes,
Reader 2: Were chocolate bars and milk shakes,
All: Oh, what a snow it would be.

Reader 1: I'd stand outside
Reader 2: with my mouth open wide.
All: Oh, what a snow it would be.

Reader 1: If all of the snowflakes,
Reader 2: Were chocolate bars and milk shakes,
All: Oh, what a snow, it would be.

The More It Rains

Reader 1: The more it rains,
Reader 2: tiddely-pom
Reader 1: The more it goes,
Reader 2: tiddely-pom
Reader 1: The more it goes,
Reader 2: tiddely-pom,
Reader 1: on raining.
Reader 2: And nobody knows,
Reader 1: tiddely-pom
Reader 2: How wet my toes,
Reader 1: tiddely-pom
Reader 2: How wet my toes,
Reader 1: tiddely-pom,
Reader 2: are growing.
All:  tiddely-pom.


If A Tree Could Talk

Reader 1: If a tree could talk what would it say?

Reader 2: "Don't chop me down, just walk away."

Reader 1: If a river could talk, what would it say?

Reader 2: "Don't dump in trash, throw it away."

Reader 1: If the air could talk, what would it say?

Reader 2: "The factories must learn to keep smoke away."

Reader 1: If the animals could talk, what would they say?

Reader 2: "Help us to live, we wish to stay."

Reader 1: If the Earth could talk, what would it say?

Reader 2: "Protect me by making every day Earth Day!"


In Search of Cinderella

Reader 1: From dusk to dawn,

Reader 2: From town to town,

Reader 1: Without a single clue.

Reader 2: I seek the tender, slender foot

Reader 1: To fit this crystal shoe.

Reader 2: From dusk to dawn,

Reader 1: I try it on them

Reader 2: Each damsel that I meet.

Reader 1: And I still love her so, but oh,

Reader 2: I've started hating feet.

All:  I think I’ll look tomorrow!


Gooseberry Jam

Reader 1: Gooseberry,
Reader 2: Juice berry
Reader 3: Loose berry jam.

Reader 1: Spread it on crackers
Reader 2: Spread it on bread,
Reader 3: Try not to spread it onto your head.

Reader 1: Gooseberry,
Reader 2: Juice berry,
Reader 3: Loose berry jam.

Reader 1: No matter how neatly
Reader 2: You try to bite in,
Reader 3: It runs like a river down to your chin.

Reader 1: Gooseberry,
Reader 2: Juice berry,
Reader 3: Loose berry jam.

by Eve Merriam


Going on a Picnic

Reader 1: We’re going on a picnic,

Reader 2: We’re leaving right away.

Reader 1: If it doesn't rain,

Reader 2: We'll stay all day.

Reader 1: Did you bring the hot dogs?

Reader 2: Yes, I brought the hot dogs.

Reader 1: Did you bring the chips?

Reader 2: Yes, I brought the chips.

Reader 1:  Did you bring the cokes?

Reader 2:  Yes, I brought the cokes.

Reader 1: We’re ready for the picnic.

Reader 2: Let’s go!

Both:  Let’s go!


A Little Seed

Reader 1: Dig a little hole

Reader 2: Plant a little seed

Reader 1: Pour a little water,

Reader 2: Pull a little weed.

Reader 1: Chase a little bug

Reader 2: Watch him go.

Reader 1: Give a little sunshine

Reader 2: Let it grow, grow, grow!

Both:  Let it grow, grow, grow!


Metamorphosis  

Reader 1: I'm a tiny egg under a leaf

Reader 2: I'm a tiny egg under a leaf

Reader 3: I'm a tiny egg under a leaf

All: That's the first part of my metamorphosis.

Reader 1: I'm a hungry caterpillar eating up leaves

Reader 2: I'm a hungry caterpillar eating up leaves

Reader 3: I'm a hungry caterpillar eating up leaves

All: That's the second part of my metamorphosis.

Reader 1: I make a chrysalis and take a nap inside

Reader 2: I make a chrysalis and take a nap inside

Reader 3: I make a chrysalis and take a nap inside

All: That's the third part of my metamorphosis.

Reader 1: I wake up and emerge as a butterfly

Reader 2: I wake up and emerge as a butterfly

Reader 3: I wake up and emerge as a butterfly

All: That's the fourth part of my metamorphosis.


The Apple and the Worm

Reader 1: I bit an apple
Reader 2: That had a worm.

Reader 1: I swallowed the apple
Reader 2: I swallowed the worm.

Reader 1: I felt it squiggle,
Reader 2: I felt it squirm.

Reader 1: I felt it wiggle,
Reader 2: I felt it turn.

Reader 1: It felt so slippery,
Reader 2: Slimy, scummy,

Reader 1: I felt it land

All: - PLOP-

Reader 2: In my tummy!

Reader 1: I guess that worm is there to stay

All:  Unless…

Reader 2: I swallow a bird some day!


Wiggle Worm

Reader 1: Do you always have to wiggle?

Reader 2: Do you always have to squirm?

Reader 1: You wiggle and jiggle, like a regular wiggle worm.

Reader 2: You wiggle in your chair, and wiggle in your bed.

Reader 1: And wiggle with your legs, and you wiggle with your head.

Reader 2: You wiggle with your hands, and you wiggle with your feet.

Reader 1: You wiggle when you're playing and you wiggle when you eat.

Reader 2: I guess you're made to wiggle,

Reader 1: And I guess you're made to squirm.

Reader 2: You wiggle and you jiggle just like a wiggle worm.