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Poetry for Children: Shel Silverstein - Compass Classroom Blog

Poetry for Children: Shel Silverstein


Children should be able to relate to this poem, but it is actually for all the mothers of toddlers! This can be a good poem for your children to begin thinking about how to practice empathy and think about how to imagine someone else's perspective.

Dirty Face by Shel Silverstein

Where did you get such a dirty face,
My darling dirty-faced child?
I got it from crawling along in the dirt
And biting two buttons off Jeremy's shirt.
I got it from chewing the roots of a rose
And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.
I got it from peeking into a dark cave
And painting myself like a Navajo brave.
I got it from playing with coal in the bin
And signing my name in cement with my chin.
I got if from rolling around on the rug
And giving the horrible dog a big hug.
I got it from finding a lost silver mine
And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.
I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears
And from having more fun than you've had in years.


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