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Squirrel! Swan!

For the 2013 summer reading program, I wrote a sequel to Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Duck! Rabbit! called Anteater! Brachiosaurus! It was a big hit, so I decided to write one for the fall titled Squirrel! Swan! Here it is:

Squirrel! Swan!

Squirrel Swan

Hey look, it’s a squirrel!
It’s not a squirrel, it’s a swan.

Acorn water

Look. It’s eating an acorn. It’s a squirrel.
No, it’s drinking water. It’s a swan.

(Shake lap flannel board)

Look, it’s twitching. It’s definitely a squirrel.
No, it’s preening its feathers. It’s definitely a swan.

Soil and pondweed

Look. It’s hiding its acorn in the soil. It’s a squirrel.
No, it’s having a pondweed snack. It’s a swan.


Look. Its nest is in the hollowed tree. It’s a squirrel.
No, its nest is in the reeds. It’s a swan.


Oh, it’s climbing in the oak tree. It’s definitely a squirrel.
No, it’s shading itself under the weeping willow. It’s definitely a swan.

Owl fox

Uh, oh! Here comes an owl. It’s coming for the squirrel.
No, it’s a fox. It’s coming for the swan.

Oh, great. It was scared off.

What are we going to do now?

I don’t know what do you want to do now?

Seal polar bear

Oh, look, it’s a seal.

That’s not a seal, it’s a polar bear!

The End.

Stay tuned for my winter story titled Seal! Polar Bear!

For more flannel ideas check out Reading with Red. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week!


This entry was posted on August 8, 2013 by in Fall storytime, Flannel Friday, Imagination, Optical illusion and tagged , , , .

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