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Sarah Stringer

The Whingeing Poem

"Mum!""Yes!""I want a Teddy!" "Why?""Because I want One, that's why!" "But you already have Four!" "So I want one more!" "You have got a talking Teddy and a red Teddy And a flying Teddy, and a Soft Teddy too why do you want one more?"

"Ben's got five so I Want five too!" "All right what sort of Teddy Do you want?" "Amy's got one with one Ear, so I want one with One ear!"

"A Teddy with one ear What is the use of that?" "I want the same thing, So get me one!""OK here!"

"Mum!""Yes!""I want a ....By Sarah Stringer, year 4, who receives Michael Rosen's Quick, Let's Get out of Here (Puffin). Submitted by Caroline Sellick of St Bede's School, Basingstoke, Hampshire, who receives the Poetry Society teachers' newsletter, a quarterly bulletin which includes features on innovative approaches to poetry in the classroom as well as news on the latest resources, events and issues. For Poetry Society events, ring 0171 240 4810.

Sarah has produced what is in effect a fine comedy sketch satirising Spoilt Brat Syndrome. I really like it when children unmask human situations through dialogue without having to make a direct comment or didactic statement. I am particularly fond of the absurd "Teddy with one ear."

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