“The Octopus Riddle” by Celia Berrell

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A bit of a plug for Celia and best wishes from all of us for her event this coming weekend.

http://www.sciencerhymes.com.au/picture-book-poetry-party-2018.html

 

The Octopus Riddle

Will I find an octopus

if in a tree I start to seek?

It has no wings, but I’ve been told

it’s got a parrot’s horny beak.

 

Will I find an octopus

if I should dig within the soil?

It has no legs, but I’ve been told

it’s got eight arms that stretch and coil.

 

Will I find an octopus

if I look in a flower-bed?

It doesn’t have a skeleton

and has a very squishy head.

 

Might I find an octopus

if I could swim a lake so still?

It lays its eggs in water but

it has no lungs and breathes with gills.

 

It’s not a bird, worm, slug or frog.

These animals it never meets.

To find out where it likes to live

it helps to know just what it eats.

 

An octopus can squeeze in cracks

and use its arms most cleverly

to open salty shellfish … so

its habitat is in the sea

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