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I Went to the Barber

From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

I went to the barber.
He cut off my hair,
which would have been great,
but he didn't stop there.

He slipped with his scissors.
He snipped with his shears,
and cut off my eyebrows
and both of my ears.

I jumped in my seat
causing several more slips;
he cut off my nose
and my cheeks and my lips.

With one final slip-up
he cut off my head,
and that is the reason
I ended up dead.

So kids, if your dad tells you,
"You need a trim,"
just pull out this poem
and show it to him.

As soon as he reads this,
I'm willing to bet,
that that's the last haircut
that you'll ever get.

--Kenn Nesbitt

 


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My Hippo Has the Hiccups


Comments

On May 7, 2015 Anonymous from Cool land wrote:
I don't like it. I love it!!!!!!!!!
On Feb 7, 2015 JOSHUA DELA ROS from PARIS wrote:
I LOVED IT IT MAKE ME SCREAM EVERYONE AT WORK SAW ME AN SAID IAM CRAZY THEY SAID THATS FOR KIDS
On Feb 1, 2015 Lily Hineman from Arizona wrote:
That is so FUNNY................
On Oct 21, 2014 ??? from england wrote:
love this poem keep up the AWESOME work
On Jun 10, 2014 swayze from canada wrote:
i love this poem it is so funny

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Reading Level of this Poem

Teachers may find this information useful. Please note that Lexile Measures are intended for prose, not poetry. So, technically, the Lexile Measure of any poem should be NP (for non-prose). Nevertheless, this information is frequently requested, so I provide the Lexile Measure for this poem as if it were prose. The Grade Level Average, below, may be a more accurate guide to the reading level of this poem.

Lexile Text Measure: 770L
  
 Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 4.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.2
Gunning-Fog Index: 6.3
SMOG Index: 2.7
Automated Readability Index: 3.3
Grade Level Average: 4
  
 Text Statistics
Word Count: 118 words
Line Count: 24 lines
Average Line Length: 4.9 words
Average Sentence Length: 14.8 words
Average Word Length: 3.7 letters
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