Monday, October 14, 2013

Ten Singing Birds

In celebration of my soon to be released new children's book, Count 1,2,3 With Me, I thought you might enjoy my counting poem about birds. Enjoy!
A little brown robin, alone, the only one,
Was sitting on a branch, singing in the sun.
 Along came a bird whose feathers were blue
To join in the song, so then there were two.
The robin and the bluebird, singing in the tree,
Were joined by a sparrow, to make a trio of three.
Each time a bird joined there was one more than before,
So when a blackbird came, suddenly there were four.
A noisy mockingbird who had started to dive
Joined them on the branch to form a singing group of five.
A little wren making a nest with some sticks
Flew over to join them, and then there were six.
A brave meadowlark, flying up to heaven,
Swooped down beside them, and together that made seven.
A bright red cardinal, perched on a gate,
Came to sing with them to form an octet of eight.
The song they were singing sounded so fine
A chickadee joined them to make the count nine.
An oriole joined the other birds and then
Their song was sung by a total of ten.

© Connie Arnold


Susie Swanson said...

Oh I love this. You did an awesome job on it. I can just see so many children's eyes light up when they hear this. They'll know it by heart. You are so good at this.. Blessings, Susie

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Connie - I agree .. what a fun post .. and I love the "compote" of photos you've managed to put together ...

Lovely way to learn about birds and counting ... fun poem - congratulations ..

Cheers Hilary

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Awww, so cute! I love the pictures too. I had several of the second ones at my bird feeder today. I have no idea what they are, but there were some finches and sparrows there too.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a wonderful poem about birds and counting!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Ahhhh--as much as I love birds, you must know how much I enjoyed this poem… I have most of those birdies in my yard ---so that made the poem even more special. Thanks so much!!!

Good Luck with your new book and devotional.

Tracy Lizotte Studios said...

When you use someone's artwork you should give them proper credit. These paintings are done by Tracy Lizotte Studios,

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you Susie, Hilary, Sharon, Lisa and Betsy. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem!

Connie Arnold said...

Tracy, I'm so delighted to learn the source of the artwork and think you did a wonderful job of it! I have done a new blog post giving you credit and a link to your site. You have some delightful prints!