If the zebra were given the spots of the leopard
and the leopard the stripes of the zebra,
then the leopard would have to be renamed the zeopard,
and the zebra retitled the lebra.
And wouldn’t we laugh if the gentle giraffe
swapped his neck for the hump on the camel?
For the camel would henceforth be called the camaffe,
the giraffe designated giramel.
It would be very funny, if the ears of the bunny
were exchanged for the horns of the sheep.
For the sheep would then surely be known as the shunny,
and the bunny quite simply the beep.
— Jack Prelutsky
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From A Gopher in the Garden: And Other Animal Poems
No only has the author of this delightful collection created a gopher in the garden (“eating all the broccoli and all the beets and beans”), but also an unforgettable “giggling gaggling gaggle of geese,” the most invitingly evil crocodile seen yet in a book for children and other bouncy verses which are perfect for reading aloud. Anyone reading these poems to children shouldn’t be at all surprised if his young listeners soon know them all by heart. Together with Robert Leydenfrost’s sprightly pictures, Jack Prelustky’s rollicking words will enchant children everywhere.