More Mini-Verses for Boys and Girls
by W.A. Tyler

Light but intelligent reading for pre-teenage children.

Each little verse makes an interesting, often humorous point about the subject of the title.

Animal Babies Doggie Puss The Rose Milk
Blackberries Pineapples Bananas A Kiss Ice-Cream
Fair Exchange Hat Spiders The Holiday Vegetables
Pictures Hand-Shake Collage The Reading Kookaburra
Picture Pet Bird Pears Sparrow Magpies
Pebbles
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ANIMAL BABIES
How pretty are kittens,
Feeding from their mama!
How pretty are puppies
Doing the same!

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DOGGIE
When he is excited
The doggie wags his tail.
That way he shows affection,
But he may not he for sale.

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PUSS
Old pussie is a smooger,
Who rubs against your leg.
But he can kill birds and mice
And doesn't have to beg.

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THE ROSE
A rose is colour,
A rose is smell;
A rose is thorns,
Remember well.

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MILK
Cow's milk is for the poddy calves,
But we enjoy it as well,
As a drink, or cream, or yoghurt
Or cheese of all sorts and smell.

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BLACKBERRIES
They say the blackberry
Is a weed; but wonderful
To find in the bush,
If it's food you need.

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PINEAPPLES
You might think that pineapples
Would grow on a tree.
That they are out of the top
Of a plant, certainly surprised me.

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BANANAS
Bananas are very nourishing
And make a hearty meal
Then eaten with bread
And pea-nut-butter — a steal.

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A KISS
A kiss shows love,
Sure as Heaven above.
A pleasure to experience,
Especially when from mum.

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ICE-CREAM
You scream, I scream
Then really in the soup;
But we enjoy ice-cream,
Alone or in a group.

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FAIR EXCHANGE
Your Mum and Dad care for you
Then you are a baby or child.
Then they grow old and frail,
You can look after them.

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HAT
A subject's only crown, his hat,
Is useful in all weathers.
It doesn't have gold or gems,
But might include some feathers.

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THE HOLIDAY
Did you know that holiday
Is a word that comes from holy day,
A religious day of rest
From your work-a-day efforts.

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VEGETABLES
Some vegies you enjoy straightaway,
Say potatoes, peas and beans;
Others, such as pumpkin and quash
Get nicer than they at first seem.

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PICTURES
Every picture tells a story
Of the life in which we glory.
Still an artist is creative,
Using imagination as well as copying.

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HAND-SHAKE
Grip tightly when you shake hands,
To show you really mean it,
Goodwill and pleased
> To meet you.

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COLLAGE
Cut out from magazines
Some pictures you really like;
Glue them here and there on paper
And you'll make what's called collage.

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THE READING
Read all you can,
Just what you fancy,
Whether sad or happy,
Or perhaps romancey.

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KOOKABURRA
My how the kookaburra laughs!
Is he amused, or a critic,
laughing at life to mock
The sounds of man and birds?

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PICTURE
I made a pattern picture,
Of all the different shades,
So now I have a rainbow scene
Of everyone 's favourite colour.

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PET BIRD
When our old pet cockey
Began to hide his head in his
Feathers, we didn't know it
because he was near dying.

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PEARS
If pears came in pairs,
They'd be a lot to eat
At once, but all right,
If they were shared.

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SPARROW
It would be hard to kill a sparrow
With a bow and arrow,
Because he's only little and
A target moving from place to place.

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MAGPIES
Magpies soon attack your head,
Especially Dad 's, who's bald.
I wonder why they aren't
Affectionate and happy instead?

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PEBBLES
As the waves of the ocean
Come continually into shore,
They gradually make the pebbles
Smooth as silk, for sure.

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