Schoolhouse Lunchbox Poems: Children's Poems

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The book contains a series of poems and lyrical stories sure to make anyone laugh and smile. The writings include everyday experiences, including a cat darting throughout the house leaving cat hairs everywhere; a child weighing the options of a bag lunch versus cafeteria food; a girl whose father is drying her hair while she tries not to be late for school; and a child prankster trying to write a required essay, explaining what he did over the summer.

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The book contains a series of poems and lyrical stories sure to make anyone laugh and smile. The writings include everyday experiences, including a cat darting throughout the house leaving cat hairs everywhere; a child weighing the options of a bag lunch versus cafeteria food; a girl whose father is drying her hair while she tries not to be late for school; and a child prankster trying to write a required essay, explaining what he did over the summer.

Additional poems include "Little Bit," a young tree waiting to grow and be like his mother and father; best friends Keiko and Stephie, one of whom lives on a farm; and much more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467044868
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Pages: 44
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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By Dyora Kinsey


Copyright © 2012 Dyora
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4670-4486-8

Chapter One

Big Blue Truck

That big blue truck
That just came by
Splashed water on my dress
And in my eye
I am so mad right now
I am not happy one bit
That big blue truck
It just makes me sick

I will draw a picture
With a scratch on the side
Wait—I will draw it on paper
With huge brown eyes
And on the hood
I will draw a purple hat
Then draw some black fur
Just like a wild cat

Now take a look
I am not mad anymore
That big blue truck
I drew it sitting by the store
It looks so silly
Let me add this funny smile
Well, I may be wet
But I do not look that wild

Cafeteria Food

Cafeteria food
Is not really that bad
It is just there
To trade, play in or eat

It is better than Jack's
Soggy butter-and-jelly sandwich
Or Kate's cheese toast
With yucky Spam meat

You get the best food here
Pizza and chocolate milk
But do not eat the celery
And chunky applesauce

If you let the teacher always
See you playing in your food
You will end up with a bag lunch
Then, yes, you lost

My dad told Mom
Lunch tickets cost a lot
She should give me milk money
A sandwich and wrap some cake

But I will have to starve
If they ever make me do that
Because my lunch might be
Like Jack's or Kate's


Can you fry catfish?
Do you even know how?

Do you know they have no scales?
And their skin is tougher than a cow's?

Do you catch your own catfish
With a worm or a cricket?

Are you scared? Is it gross?
Do you even want to touch it?

Can you fish for catfish?
Do you even know how?

Have you been on a boat?
Do you want to go now?

Chocolate Pie

I love to eat
Auntie's chocolate pies
I want as many
As the stars in the sky

Auntie says chocolate pie
Is good for me
And she likes to see me
With a smile on my cheeks

Her pies taste so good
Here, try a little bit
If you eat it too fast
You will get chocolate lips

Then you can lick your lips
Even after they are dry
And taste the chocolate
Of my favorite pie

The Tale of Falling Rock

Falling Rock
Was from an Indian tribe
He left his people
To find a beautiful young bride

Lost in the wilderness
Of thick pine and oak trees
The tribe looked for many years
But did not know where he could be

They prayed he was happy
Or, if he had to, bravely fought
So, to remember him
They posted a sign saying

Look out for Falling Rock


First we say
Our ABCs
Then we count
One, two, and three
We say our numbers
Up to ten
Then start
Over once again

We like to match
Our alphabets
With pictures
That our teachers get
We love to go
Outside and play
We love recess
Every day

Late for School

Please do not ring
That school bell yet
I am late for school
Because my hair is wet

My dad really tries
But he cannot do hair well
And Mommy cannot do it
Since she slipped and fell

Mommy broke her arm
On the ground last week
While we ran fast
Playing hide-and-seek

She slipped on the grass
When she ran around the car
And Daddy could not catch her
Since she is fast and can run far

So I washed my hair
Last night before bed
And I did it too late
Is what Mommy said

I had to lie down
Too sleepy for it to dry
So I wrapped my head
With a scarf of mine

And when I woke up
My hair was still wet
So while Mommy fixed breakfast
Daddy talked and made a bet

He knew Mommy's jobs
So he laughed and made that bet
He could help me out, he said
And dry my hair

Well, he tried his best
But we ran out of time
I said, "Daddy, I love you
It really is fine."

So here I am
Running up the school steps
I am just a little late
And my hair is still wet

"Please," I yelled out loud
"Do not make me late
Other kids are out here too
Do not ring that school bell yet."

Little Bit

Swinging in the wind
I am safe here with my mom
Her arms are all around me
And protecting me from harm

Nothing seems to scare her
She stands so tall and straight
I want to be like my mom
I can hardly wait

And my dad is the greatest
He is the tallest one of all
His shoulders are large and wide
He is the finest one every fall

This is the best life ever
Even kids will want to love me
When my trunk becomes much thicker
And I am a big shady oak tree

Little Bird

Oh, bird
Oh, little bird
You fly so free in the air

Oh, bird
Sweet little bird
Do you ever have any cares?

Your wings
Flap so fast
You almost kiss the cars

You take such
Close chances
Then fly up, teasing from far

Oh, bird
Oh, little bird
You fly so free in the air

Oh, bird
Sweet little bird
How you do dare!


Running under
The vertical blinds
Then hiding behind
Boxes and bins

With bookshelves, drawers
And baskets in the way
Mickey races
I bet with a grin

Surprising and scary
Should I catch him or run?
I am looking but
He moves quickly all day

Mickey jumps in the plants
All around the room
He is just the
Classroom mouse at play

My Friends

Keiko has a puppy toy dog
Stephie has a black and white hog
At Keiko's house, we skate and play
Stephie's farm has lots of space to race

Keiko's mom takes us to the park
And Stephie's dad lets us play until dark
Both my friends I really like a lot
We play in the cold and play when it is hot

My house is the best and coolest one of all
We have a pool, and we stay by the mall
But we must let our parents know
When we want to play at arcades or swim at home

Keiko and Stephie are my best friends
Next year we will be eleven, but now we are ten
I hope things stay just like they are
So we can sit on Stephie's porch and look at stars

School Bus

Mommy, come on
I have to go
The school bus is here

I have my lunch
But need money for milk
It is not at all like last year

Miss Tia says
She cannot wait too long for us
The bus stop rules changed from before

We have five minutes
To come to the bus
Then she has to close the doors

I have to get there
Before Sheree does
Or she will take my seat in the back

She always does it to make me mad
Then puts down
Her big fat backpack

Everyone is late, so hurry, Mom
Only two kids
Are getting on the bus

If you give me my stuff
I can run real fast
And not have to fuss too much


Smiles are catching
They put you in a good mood
They make you happy
And keep you from being mad and rude

Forget all your worries
Lift your eyebrows and say, "How?"
Now throw back your head
And stretch up the corners of your mouth

Think about the best time
That you would like to have
The things that make you laugh
And things that will make you glad

Think about good memories
And more that will come
All smiles make you feel better
Now, isn't that fun?

So Pretty

His beautiful brown eyes
Are so large that I stare
His lashes, black and thick
I touch his face with great care

His hair is so pretty
And so shiny that it glows
When he runs through the grass
You can see his hair float

He runs so fast
My heart races too
I want to be with him
And run just that fast too

When he stops
He eats some grass
Then he eats
A couple of dandelions

He is the prettiest
Horse on the ranch
His is my great
Beautiful black stallion

That cat

That cat
That cat
That calico cat

Rubs against my leg
And jumps on my lap

My neighbor just laughs
And says his cat is smart

I push it off
It claws my leg
So I jump and it darts

Too soon it comes back
And leaps on the couch
It sneaks close to me
Leaving cat hairs all over the house

It jumps on the kitchen cabinet
Then the bookcase and the table
I said, "I cannot eat your cookies, Jack.
I have to go; I am just not able.

But I will come again.
Just right now I have to go.
Next time come to my house
and meet my kitty, Polite-O!"

My Doll

Sammy is my friend
He is my very special doll
I do not know when I got him
Mommy found him in a mall

He stays with me always
When I am sad and when I smile
I take him in the car on trips
When we drive for miles and miles

I do not have to share my doll
And I hug him all I can
At night I am not scared at all
Because Sammy is my safetyman

No matter how I feel
Sammy is always there for me
Mommy said, just keep him close
He is like a parent watching over me

The Essay

I am staring at a paper and pencil
The teacher gave us an assignment to do
Every year it is always the same old thing
They cannot think of anything new

I have to write an essay again
About what I did over the summer
What nut is going to tell on oneself
I have nothing I want to write her

What can I say to stay out of trouble?
Since my friends and I love to joke
Keiko wanted a drink on the last day of school
So we shook up a cold can of coke

I cannot tell the teacher about summer camp
Especially when we went to the pool
The girls had to run through outside showers
So we put frogs in there—man, that was cool

And then there was baseball training camp
Lee was the new kid in our club
We invited him to come and throw the ball with us
But we first covered it all in mud

Then Dad found out everything I had done
Mom had been busy writing down notes
When he came home from his trip, he busted my grits
And stopped me from joking and playing tricks

So how do I write about the summer?
It was funny, but what a price I paid
Now, I look back and see how crazy fun it was
Yes, my summer elementary school days

What Am I?

Red on my body
And three legs I have to stand
I am cool right now
In this place where I am

My hat is on the ground
Because I am not in use
But when your family first got me
I was shiny and real cute

You love me the best
On each holiday
Because I make you happy
Those are your fun days

Can you guess what I am?
I can still make you smile
I am popular with grown-ups
A teenager and, yes, a child

My best friend holds your drinks
While they come to a chill
I cook hotdogs and hamburgers
I am the family grill


Excerpted from SCHOOL HOUSE LUNCHBOX POEMS by Dyora Kinsey Copyright © 2012 by Dyora. Excerpted by permission of AuthorHouse. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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    I just loved these poems!

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