KIDSBOOKS | FLORA BIZARRO

La de da de da, sang the ArumAs she rustled her giant leavesIt was her seventh birthday todayShe’d been sung happy birthday by all the treesShe was feeling especially grand todayAs she nestled her very first budShe was going to flower any day A thing of beauty rising from the mud.That night when the moonContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | FLORA BIZARRO”

KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH

In the tropical rain forests of NicaraguaThere’s the cutest little animalAlways smiling, forever loungingHe keeps his movements to a minimal His favourite food is the avocadoHe can easily digest the whole seedCrushing it, mushing it and then dispersing itThrough his once a week poop routine Despite the fact that he’s quite blindAnd lives his lifeContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH”

KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR

In the great Himalayan and Karakoram rangesThere lives an intrepid herbivoreShe scales the sheer wooded cliffsThe beautiful, agile MarkhorHer name is a hybrid of two wordsMar: the snake, and Khor: the eaterDespite the fierce legend she wieldsShe’s quite the gentle barnyard bleaterShe’s one of a group of nine ladiesThree aunts and five frisky cousinsThey liveContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR”

KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD

A soulful fluting sound is heardFrom the rainforests of QueenslandAlso the whirr of an electric sawAnd the toots and da-dums of a brass bandThey’re not the sounds of a jungle party Nor a trumpeter tuning his instrument It’s just the superb lyre birdShowing off his vast vocal talents.He can be found in the theatres heContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD”

KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI

Kaboom! Boom! Biff! Biff! Thud!That’s the sound one hears from this stomatopodAs she pummels her prey like a wrecking ballBreaking them up shells, pincers and allShe’s a warrior of an ancient lineFierce and savage is this lassShe can punch the living daylights outOf anyone who dares to show her sassShe has independently roaming eyesNothing escapesContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI”

KIDSBOOKS | STICKIE TRICKSTERS

Have you ever seen a creatureDisappear in front of your eyes?No crazy magic, no maddening tricksBut by dint of its natural disguise?Come, I’ll let you in on a secret:Hidden away in the branches of trees Are master camouflage artists Who are never quite what they seemThey’re not grasshoppers nor cricketsNor cicadas nor cockatoosI’ll give youContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | STICKIE TRICKSTERS”

KIDSBOOKS | THE SHOEBILL STORK

There is this strange old birdHe has a bill like a wooden shoeSharp as a knife with a hook at the endHe looks like he could gobble up me and you!He has a big old nest he’s builtOn marshland in South SudanHe is a loner, a solitary roamerDoesn’t like the look of beast or man.HeContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE SHOEBILL STORK”

KIDSBOOKS | THE SLENDER GREY LORIS

There is this special little guyWho lives in Sri Lanka He is only eight inches tallHis friends call him Podi Sanka*He’s a shy little primateAnd comes out only at nightHis eyes shine like bright lanternsAnd glow in red torch lightHe sits quietly in the treesHe doesn’t make a soundEven when he plays hide and seekContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE SLENDER GREY LORIS”

KIDSBOOKS | AXOLOTL THE SALAMANDER

There once was a salamander That lived near Mexico CityShe had baby pink feathery gillsAnd was really rather prettyShe was called AxolotlAfter the crazy Aztec god Who changed into a salamander To avoid the blade of the swordBut Axie was a wise amphibianshe was already ten years old She swam in the waters of herContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | AXOLOTL THE SALAMANDER”

KIDSBOOKS | THE CURIOUS LITTLE AYE AYE

The Aye Aye is a primate That lives in Madagascar She lives in trees and won’t come downNo matter how graciously you ask herShe has big round yellow eyesThat are her torches in the nightThey help her look for juicy bugsThat are hiding out of sight.Tap tapping with her fingers longShe knocks on the trunksContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE CURIOUS LITTLE AYE AYE”

KIDSBOOKS | SPARKLEMUFFIN THE SPIDER

There was once a spider smallHe was only a quarter inch tallBut what he lacked in height and strengthHe made up for with his confidence He was quite an exceptional dancerA funny leg shaker, a cheerful prancerHe had bright blue and red stripes on himThis happy little spider called SparklemuffinSparklemuffin was always showing offHis marvellousContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | SPARKLEMUFFIN THE SPIDER”

KIDSBOOKS | DUMBO THE OCTOPUS

Dumbo was an octopus Who lived on the ocean floor He was the cutest little thing And had elephantine ears But they were not really ears you seeJust fins that flopped aboutHe looked like Dumbo the elephantSo that’s also the name he got Dumbo the little cephalopod Was as lonely as can beHe didnt mindContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | DUMBO THE OCTOPUS”