Adapted from the poem
by Bruce Lansky in If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press.
A child wonders why his mother no longer likes to hear him burp.
Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform
the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines
while they read them.
or fake food would be great, but they’re optional for performing the poem.
lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on
poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing
Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.
When I Was a Baby
When I was a baby, I
burped a good deal,
most often just after a rather good meal.
I burped after carrots. I
burped after peas.
I burped after crackers. I
burped after cheese.
Whenever I burped, it was
quite a sensation.
My mother applauded my
and she aahed.
and she cooed.
But now when I burp mother
“YOU’RE SO RUDE!!!”
2000 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in If
Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater
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