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Weather Bear
by Londis Carpenter

Sunday, September 07, 2003

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A woollybear lived in Goldenrod Park

Until one day he took an unfortunate walk.

He went looking for plantain and hadn't got far

When he found he was caught inside of a jar.

Little Johnny had captured him, safe in a glass

And took him to show to his school science class.

"His name's Weather Bear,"  John told all his friends.

"He can forcast the weather by the size of his bands.

If the dark band is large, winter's going to be hard.

My Pa taught me so, once out in the yard."

"Oh, but that's just folklore." Jonn's teacher said back.

"It's never been proven, so it's not really fact.

But there's something to learn from this furry thing.

Let's keep him outside until early spring.

He'll sleep through the winter, hybernate like a bear.

And in springtime he'll spin a cocoon out of hair.

Then we'll leave his cocoon outside of the jar

And we'll watch it hatch in the coming summer.

When the cocoon splits open  Weather Bear will emerge

With wings wet and soggy like cloth made of surge.

And when his wings dry, you'll see this piece of cloth

Fly off in the sky, as an Isabella Moth."

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Reviewed by Joni Stewart-Hague 9/29/2003
AH, I LOVE this.... after all these years I still watch for the wooly-bear.....and he DOES predict accurately....yes he does ! ::laffin:: Thanks for the great poem!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/8/2003

THE WOOLLY BEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *huge grins* o, you don't know how much i miss the woolly bear

the weather bear DOES exist, in the northern and northeastern climes of the united states...i'm from ohio, and a sure sign of fall was seeing these beautiful catepillars...o, how i miss them *snif* and how i miss ohio *snif snif* :(

beautiful, enchanting poem--dick goddard would be right proud of this one (and so would all the woolly bears)

*applause* well done--a keeper for my library!

((((HUGS)))) and love,


thanks for the nostalgic trip back home to my ohio roots

what's the weather bear saying this winter's gonna be like?? :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/8/2003

Reading this poem made me think of the woolybears I saw in Ohio every fall; and the fatter and furrier they were, and the more black they had on them, the harder the winter was gonna' be. And usually they were right on the money! I sure miss those woolybears! Enchanting write; truly enjoyed~ (((HUGS))) and much love, your Texas friend, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 9/8/2003
This is enchanting!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/8/2003
delightful read Londis!!

love tinka
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 9/8/2003
Excellent write.....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 9/7/2003
Wonderful write!
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 9/7/2003
:) Ha, Londis, a coup!! An especially welcome subject this time of year, I always heard that story growing up, but left it for the elders to decipher and accomodate accordingly! More fuel oil bought, potatoes hoarded, scarves and mittens sought... Lovely piece for children!
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 9/7/2003
A delight.....I'll let my Ashleigh read this...I wrote her a bear poem once...called brave little bear.....She has a thing for do I :)

Ty, Dani
Reviewed by Londis Carpenter 9/7/2003
Robin: Yes, the Weather Bear (AKA woollybear catepillar) indeed exists. it is the larva of the Isabella Moth. It exists in every state of the continental United states and much of Canada as well. It is about an inch long and looks just like the picture. If you pick it up it will curl up into a fuzzy ball in your hand and feels really funny. I'll be happy to answer any other questions about this or any other insect poem I post.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 9/7/2003
Sweet and lovely to read, I enjoyed this so much!

Reviewed by Robin Spicer 9/7/2003
Hi Londis.
I realy like this. Tell me Does the Weather Bear exist?
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