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The Sleepy Giant

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Create a ‘WANTED’ poster for the sleepy giant based on this poem. In the top half of the poster draw a picture of the giant. Below your picture create two boxes. Box 1 will tell the reader the giant’s crime so label that one, ‘The Crime’. Box 2 will describe the giant for the reader. Label that box ‘Description’. Fill in the boxes. Then read the poem again.

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My age is three hundred and seventy-two,
And I think, with the deepest regret,
How I used to pick up and voraciously chew
The dear little boys whom I met.

I’ve eaten them raw, in their holiday suits;
I’ve eaten them curried with rice;
I’ve eaten them baked, in their jackets and boots,
And found them exceedingly nice.

But now that my jaws are too weak for such fare,
I think it exceedingly rude
To do such a thing, when I’m quite well aware
Little boys do not like to be chewed.

And so I contentedly live upon eels,
And try to do nothing amiss.
And I pass all the time I can spare from my meals
In innocent slumber like this.

The Sleepy Giant

by Charles E. Carryl