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Tickle me Turquoise Tickle me Pink

Tickle me Turquoise Tickle me Pink! (Play and Pretend with Poetry Series) - Laura Crean I love to write in rhyme! I don't always write my poetry in rhyme but for most of my children's poetry I do. This is because Children love rhyme, especially young children. They thrive on repetition and routine and believe it or not kids love ryhthm. It is an ideal way to teach children to read as the patterns and blends in the words will help children to recognise and remember how to read them. My children's books aren't designed as a reading scheme but as an interactive 'sharing' experience with adults. I believe in reading to children from a young age - children absolutely love to hear an adult read a favourite book (especially at bed time)and poetry and nursery rhymes are their favourites.

The poems in this book are recommended for you to read to your Toddler and Infant school aged child and are also perfect for juniors to read to themselves - here is an example from the book -

Teddy Bear Tantrums

Sometimes my temper
has a life of its own,
don't know where it comes from
but I know when its home.
It builds up quite slowly
and starts down in my toes
then my angry voice gets louder
as the feeling just grows.
It likes to say rude words
and it causes me to shake,
and sometimes my shaking
will make Mum's things break!
Teddy Bear Tantrums
my Mum says they're called,
but that's just what SHE calls them
so don't YOU be fooled...
Cos my temper's no teddy bear
when it's taken charge,
it's more like a bull who's ready to barge -
its horns are quite fierce
and when it's mad I see red,
and if it's real naughty
then I'm sent to bed.
But my teddy bear tantrums
don't stay very long
cos cuddles can calm them
and so can a song.
Mum knows how to handle
that temper of mine
and soon those teddy bear tantrums
are left far behind.

© 2012 Laura Crean