Date: March 6th, 2014


by Charles Ghigna

Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud by Charles Ghigna

Chickens peck.
Chickens peep.
Chickens cluck
In their sleep.

Chickens roost.
Chickens lay
Chicken eggs

Chickens live
In a coop.
Chickens hate
Chicken soup.


Copyright © 2004 Charles GhignaFrom the book Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud. Published by Harry N. Abrams. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About this Poem

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About The Author

Charles Ghigna - Father Goose

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Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) is an award-winning poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer who helps promote the love of poetry and children’s literature throughout the world. He is the author of more than 5,000 poems and 60 books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Boyds Mills, Charlesbridge, Capstone and other publishers. His books have been featured on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” PBS and NPR. His poems appear in hundreds of textbooks and anthologies, and in magazines for adults and children from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket. His poems also appear in the national SAT and ACT tests.

Ghigna served as poetry editor of The English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, editorial advisor for the U.S. Kids magazines, and nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation. He has presented poetry readings at the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the International Schools of South America, and at hundreds of schools, colleges, conferences, libraries, book fairs, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas.

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