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I’m sharing another poem readaloud from one of my 30 Painless Classroom Poems books.
Now, today, I’m sharing another poem from Fairy Tale Garage Sale, which has the concept that all the characters in fairy tales are selling off their unneeded items. It’s another Jack and the Beanstalk one, in fact. Here’s a video (goodness, what a still shot!) and then the poem.
A Note from the Poet:
Do you know the phrase “Don’t have a cow”? When I was a kid, “have a cow” was slang for “get all upset.” So we would say things like, “My mom’ll have a cow if I don’t unload the dishwasher.” Saying, “Don’t have a cow” to someone was like saying, “Chill out. No big deal.” When I wrote this cinquain (a poem with 5 lines of 2–4‑6–8‑2 syllables), I had fun playing with literal vs. figurative. Literally, the mom wants to have a cow in exchange for the money. But Jack has bought a bean instead. And figuratively, he knows his mom would be super upset if he planted another magic bean.
For lots more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Margaret Simon, a gifted poetry teacher (and you can take that meaning both ways).