As part of homeschooling we are doing Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization by Andrew Pudewa. I added a few poems to his selection, and The Flying Squirrel by John Gardner which I found in Eric Carle’s Animals Animals, is a favourite with the children. You can almost feel the squirrel flying past one’s ear the way they say – Into empty a i r, spreading every h a i r. .
The Flying Squirrel
by John Gardner
The Flying Squirrel is crazy.
Though he has no feathers (much less wings),
He scampers up into the tallest tree
And cries, “Toot-toot! I’m a parachute!”
And away off the highest branches he springs
Into empty air, spreading every hair,
His arms and legs spread wide to the side,
Till he lands with a thump that’s almost quite …
Admire it child, but don’t try it.
This week’s Poetry Round-up is being held at The Miss Rumphius Effect.