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The North Wind

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This very old, traditional poem has five verses, each focusing on one creature that is out in the snow. There is a robin, a swallow, a dormouse, a honey-bee - and children! You could start to explore the poem by reading about the winter habits and habitats of these creatures.

Choose your favourite verse and enjoy writing it out in your own unique handwriting style. Then illustrate the poem on this page in your own style too, adding drawings and designs that you like, or make a collage. Do the same for any other verses you like. Then read the verses you chose aloud.

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This poem has five verses. You may choose to recite one, some or all of them.

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the robin do then, Poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn,
And keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing, Poor thing!

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the swallow do then, Poor thing?
Oh, do you not know
That he’s off long ago,
To a country where he will find spring, Poor thing!

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the dormouse do then, Poor thing?
Roll’d up like a ball
In his nest snug and small
He’ll sleep till warm weather comes in, Poor thing!

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the honey-bee do then, Poor thing?
In his hive he will stay
Till the cold is away
And then he’ll come out in the spring, Poor thing!

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the children do then, Poor things?
When lessons are done
They will skip, jump and run,
Until they have made themselves warm, Poor things!

The North Wind

by Anonymous