I Thought it Was a Basketball
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From the book My Hippo Has the Hiccups
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 grotesquegrotesque odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre..
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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