Poems from the two challenges after Reading Stories For Six Year Olds (get ready for giants and flapping tshirts

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Haley, Age 10, Year 6, Mangatangi School

Haley’s poem was for the mixed-up-language poem inspired by Margaret Mahy’s wonderful story about three animals who speak different languages but get on well.

Mangatangi School sent in a bunch of terrific poems for this challenge and the Why The Sky is Blue? challenge so I am going to do something a little different and give a copy of the book to your class (THANK YOU RANDOM HOUSE!). I know you are Year 4, 5 and 6, but the stories are so cool you can take turns to read them to younger children in your school. Anyway, you are never too old for these stories. let me know which one you love the best!

Ewen and Isla also wrote cool poems for the sky question. I loved Isla’s imaginative leaps and Ewen’s idea that blue got there first!


Why is the sky blue?

The sky is blue in the day because

A giant spilled his light-blue paint

He couldn’t clean it up


The sky is dark in the night because

An old navy t-shirt hangs out to dry

with little holes that we call stars


The sky is blue in the day because

The sea has overflowed the land and

a great tsunami sweeps through space


The sky is dark in the night because

A great blue bird stretches out his wings

to shelter us from the sun so we can sleep.


By Isla Year 7, Aged 11, St Mary’s College, Ponsonby


The Sky is Blue

The sky is blue because

the ocean is

the sky is blue because

it likes my pen

the sky is blue because

blue got there first

the sky is blue because

it is

Ewen aged 11, Year 7, Cobham Intermediate School, Christchurch


And four poems from Mangatangi School, Pokeno. Imagination is hard at work here!

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Lily, Age 9, Year 5

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Haley, Age 10, Year 6


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Irene, Age 10, Year 6


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Sasha and Alice, Age 8 and 9, Year 4 and 5


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