Amanda Ate an Orange

by Kenn Nesbitt
Amanda ate an orange
and an olive and a peach.
Since then her teacher always keeps
the crayons out of reach.

Patricia brought her parakeet.
It pecked at Patrick’s puppy.
Samantha’s salamander swiftly
gobbled Gracie’s guppy.

Savannah’s snapping turtle
snapped the nose of Franklin’s frog.
I’d say Fernando’s ferret
went berserk on Daniel’s dog.

Poor Jordan found his gerbil
being chased by Katelyn’s cat,
and everyone was panicking
’cause Ryan brought his rat.

The teacher screamed and fainted,
and she fell right off her stool.
I guess I shouldn’t bring
my pet tarantula to school.

She soon enough recovered,
but you should have heard her yell.
It looks like that’s the last time
we’ll bring pets for show-and-tell.

Text © Kenn Nesbitt reprinted from When the Teacher Isn't Looking, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike Gordon. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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