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There's A Grizzly Bear In The Bed
by Hilary Williamson

Mom woke up in the middle of the night
Beside a grizzly bear
It clung so close and hugged so hard
All she could breathe was hair
She opened one eye and it was me

'That dream gave me a scare!'


Dad woke up in the middle of the night
With an octopus on his head
All eight sticky tentacles
Trailed on the bedspread
He opened one eye and looked at me

'I'm thirsty, dad'  I said


Joanne Peckarsky *

Mom woke up in the middle of the night
When a kangaroo kicked her toe
It bounced and bounced and soon the bed
Was rocking to and fro
She opened one eye and there I was

'Mom, I need to go'


Dad woke up in the middle of the night
With an elephant stowaway
It squeaked and squealed and its long trunk
Kept tugging the duvet
He opened one eye and I piped up

'Dad, it's time to play'


Mom and dad woke up in the middle of the night
They were sleeping on the floor
I was snoozing on the bed
And they were stiff and sore
They opened their eyes and then I said

'Mom, did you know you snore?'


And they said ...

'Alan, Alan, back to bed
Your room's the place for you
It's warm and soft and cozy and
Your friends will like it too
Your mom and dad have had enough
Of sleeping in a zoo'


So we went ...

Elephant ambled to a quiet corner of my room.
Bear blundered into the cupboard.
Octopus oozed to the bottom of the bathtub.
But Kangaroo missed her friends down under, so she cuddled close to me.

The End

* The octopus above is shown with permission from Joanne Peckarsky Photography.
   Visit her site for more great underwater images.

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