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I Thought it Was a Basketball

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From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups

I Thought it Was a Basketball

I thought it was a basketball.
Instead it was a globe.
What should have been a scooter
was pajamas and a robe.

The box I thought had race cars
or a new computer game,
turned out to be a sweater
and an empty picture frame.

The drum set that I asked you for
turned out to be a desk,
and all the other gifts I got
were equally grotesque.

So when you’re finished with your rounds
if you have time enough,
dear Santa, please come back;
you gave me someone else’s stuff!

 --Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 4

 


From the Book My Hippo Has the Hiccups


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