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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Time Inc.,

Scholastic, Simon & Schuser, Capstone, Boyds Mills, Abrams, Orca, Charlesbridge and other publishers.

Pet Names

We call the cat a kitty.
We call the dog a mutt.
We call the pig a piggy.
We call the donkey -- what?!

We call the vulture buzzard,
The pill bug, roly-poly.
We call the rabbit bunny,
As we pet it very slowly.

The animals and insects
Must think we are insane.
They’d like to give us all pet names--
But they are more humane!

© Charles Ghigna (Abrams Books for Young Readers)


Joyce Ray said...

Charles, what a fun read-a-loud! Rhythm, repetition and words that feel good on your tongue make this poem one children must really love. Thanks for this preview of poems in Animal Tracks.

Anonymous said...

As Joyce said, this is great for kids to read aloud - they'll have fun with it.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

A wonderful rhyme to say out loud - I love the rhythm and sense of humor.

Ruth said...

Very nice!

catherinemjohnson.com said...

Very cute! I bet your book is a delight, Charles!

Bridget Magee said...

Fun poem! Kids will get a 'kick' out of the nickname for the donkey. Thanks for sharing. =)

laurasalas said...

So cute! And I just read Chuckling Ducklings today, about what baby animals are called. Fun to pair these together!

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks for all the great comments!

Shining Moments said...

Oh, oh, oh---this rocks! I think YOUR poem and blog will be mentioned on mine.......ASAP!