by Charles Ghigna

Pigs are playful.
Pigs are pink.
Pigs are smarter
Than you think.

Pigs are slippery.
Pigs are stout.
Pigs have noses
Called a snout.

Pigs are pudgy.
Pigs are plump.
Pigs can run
But never jump.

Pigs are loyal.
Pigs are true.
Pigs don’t care
For barbecue.

  — Charles Ghigna

Copyright © 2004. All Rights Reserved. From Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud. Abrams Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud

Filled with clever puns, wordplay and colorful illustrations, this collection of poems about the many lovable members of the animal kingdom aims to educate and entertain young readers.

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About the Author

Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Disney, Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc. and other publishers. He has written more than 5,000 poems for children and adults that have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines ranging from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket magazines. He served as poet-in-residence at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center, American Library in Paris, American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America.

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