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Publisher:  Murray David ISBN-10:  9781876411688 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1, 2008 ISBN-13:  9781876411688

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Laugh and learn with The Big Bamboo - the portly panda bear who fancies himself as President!

The Big Bamboo

A collection of poems where the humour is set at different levels making them suitable for those aged 5 to 500 or older! There is also a subtle educational element woven into the words - difficult or obscure words for instance are typed in blue and a small mouse, hidden on the page will offer an explanation.

The Big Bamboo books are written specifically fpr both children and adults. The humour works at different levels so the whole family can enjoy them. Illustrated by the author,the poems will make you laugh out loud and also offer you refreshing, new ways to learn about the world.


This panda bear is graced with two;
A snail, alas, is less a few;
An octopus holds onto eight,
and grows one back if lost to fate;
The centipede has far too many,
and Long John Silver hardly any!

The cheetah’s four are really fast;
The tortoise, sadly, comes in last;
Australia’s bouncing kangaroo
springs overland on his hind two;
(With tail to balance, some will say: “Three!”
But they remain to convince me).

A fish has none nor does the whale;
A monkey two - plus a very long tail;
Male decapodal crabs have ten
as do their wives (more aptly ‘hen’);
Giraffes have four so long, they sits
and quench their thirst, by doing splits!

A dog will say, “’Cos I’ve got four
I need to go for walkies more.”
A cat’s got four but he’s agin,
unlike our hound he will stay in;
(Perhaps, at home, cats sip their port
and plan their days and paws for thought!).

The wandering albatross in flight
has two, but uses left nor right;
The serpent slides upon his belly,
(which makes it awkward watching telly);
An insect, six, from grub to fly,
plus bumble bees that buzz on by.

An elephant has four so big
he cannot trotter like the pig;
The zebra, lion and ape share ten -
that’s four, and four, and two again
or four for two, and two for one;
Now I’m confused! - I must move on…

But as we’re almost out of time
we’ll hop right to our final rhyme;
The frog has four: two fat, two thinner -
which kick peas off a Frenchman’s dinner!

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