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‘Please do not feed the animals…’

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This poem is full of lovely funny rhymes. Every two lines rhyme. They are called rhyming couplets.

Notice that the poem is in blocks of four lines, ending with a full stop. To learn the poem for a performance, start with the first rhyming couplet, and then learn the second. When you have those four lines, start on the next block, two lines at a time. Keep going a block at a time!

Make sure your audience can enjoy all the funny pairings. If two rhyming words are next to each other, like bear and eclair, leave a little pause between the words.

To explore the poem further, make up some more rhyming couplets to add to it. For example here are two we have made up:

Do not feed the kangaroos
Hot spicy stews

Do not give the bears
Big squashed pears

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Please do not feed the ostriches
sandwiches

or the polar bears
éclairs.

Do not offer the wombats
kumquats

or the rattle-snakes
fruit-cakes.

Remember that piranhas
are not allowed bananas

or partridges
sausages.

Never approach a stork
with things on a fork

or the bustard
with a plate of custard.

No leopard
likes anything peppered

and meerkats
dislike Kit Kats.

Remember that grapes
upset apes

and meringues
do the same for orang-utans.

Most importantly–
do not feed the cheetah

your teacher.

‘Please do not feed the animals…’

by Robert Hull