You Can Never Be Too Careful

From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

You can never be too careful,
that's what I always say,
and so I wear a hat, or two,
in case my hair turns gray.
I've thirteen tires on my car,
in case I get a flat.
I wear my pants size fifty-three,
in case I grow too fat.

You can never be too careful,
I'm sure you'll find it's true.
I see the doctor every day,
in case I catch the flu.
I carry twenty handkerchiefs,
in case I have to sneeze,
and forty seven bandages,
in case I skin my knees.

You can never be too careful,
so if I take a walk,
I tiptoe everywhere I go
and whisper when I talk.
I hide my money in a box,
and lock it up inside Fort Knox.
My house is made of bricks and rocks.
The front door has a hundred locks.

But now I have a problem, see,
I'm locked inside without the key.
I've lost it and I can't get free.
I hid it much too carefully!

--Kenn Nesbitt


Copyright © 2009 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.

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My Hippo Has the Hiccups


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Lexile Text Measure: 790L
  Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 4.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.4
Gunning-Fog Index: 6.2
SMOG Index: 3.7
Automated Readability Index: 2.2
Grade Level Average: 3.9
  Text Statistics
Word Count: 171 words
Line Count: 28 lines
Average Line Length: 6.1 words
Average Sentence Length: 14.3 words
Average Word Length: 3.6 letters


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