Too hard! Too hard!
These pieces don’t fit.
I’m puzzled by this puzzle.
I really want to quit.
“Don’t give up,” I tell myself.
“Keep trying. You’ll do fine.
Look for all the clues you can —
Color, story, shape, size, line.”
I take a breath. I look again.
Colors match. I see a square.
The pieces fit together.
They go there and there and there!
So easy! So easy!
I did it! Puzzle’s done.
I’m ready for another.
I want a harder one.
Copyright © 2005 Stephanie Calmenson. From the book Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More! HarperCollins. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Stephanie Calmenson, former early childhood teacher and children’s book editor is the highly acclaimed author of over 100 books for children. Her poetry has been called “marvelous” (Publisher’s Weekly), “lyrical” (School Library Journal), “a rainbow of sound” and “joyously exuberant” (Kirkus). Current favorite books written in rhyme include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Late for School!; and Oopsy, Teacher! Her beloved books about dogs include the ALA video award-winning May I Pet Your Dog? and Rosie: a Visiting Dog’s Story.
To hear Stephanie read Dinner at the Panda Palace, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dinner-at-the-Panda-Palace/186937258005874
To meet her dog, Harry, and hear her read a selection of four poems, please visit: http://www.nowaterriver.com/portfolio-item/four-poems-by-stephanie-calmenson/