The Flying Paradise Snake of Borneo

by Barry Louis Polisar

The Flying Paradise Snake of Borneo by Barry Louis Polisar

Some snakes coil and rattle,
Slither, strike and hiss.
And now I’ve heard of everything:
Some fly; oh no, not this!

So I’ve unpacked my suitcase;
No trips to Borneo.
If snakes can fly between the trees,
Then I don’t think I’ll go.

  — Barry Louis Polisar

Copyright © 2010. All Rights Reserved. From Curious Creatures: Animal Poems. Rainbow Morning Music. Illustration by David Clark. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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These snakes don’t really fly. They get their name because they flatten their bodies and glide between trees, which makes them look as if they are flying.

From Curious Creatures: Animal Poems

Filled with humorous and thought-provoking poems, this collection introduces young readers to some of the world’s oddest animals including the earthworm, the echidna, the flying paradise snake of Borneo, and Western Australia’s quokka. Buttressed with bright, lively illustrations, each poem is filled with intriguing facts about each animal, including the strangest of all creatures: man.

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A five-time Parents’ Choice Award winner, Barry Louis Polisar has recorded and shared his songs, poems, stories, and books with audiences throughout the world.

Barry performs his songs on two different Grammy Award- winning albums and sings his song All I Want is You in the opening credits of the film JUNO. He has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader and starred in a television show for children that won two Emmy awards.

Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He gives concerts and author visits in schools, theatres, and museums from Washington DC to Fairbanks, Alaska.

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