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Garden Snake
Have you ever seen a snake fighting a mongoose, or
getting into a hole, or swimming in the river?  Everyone,
almost everyone, believes that snakes are dangerous.
Some are, most are not.  Read this poem on a harmless
garden snake.
I saw a snake and ran away...
Some snakes are dangerous, they say;
But mother says that kind is good,
And eats up insects for his food.
So when he wiggles in the grass
I’ll stand aside and watch him pass,
And tell myself, “There’s no mistake,
It’s just a harmless garden snake!”
MURIEL L. SONNE
Working with the Poem
1. Answer the following questions.
(i) Pick out the line that suggests that the child is afraid
of snakes.
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A BICYCLE IN GOOD REPAIR/137
Garden Snake
Have you ever seen a snake fighting a mongoose, or
getting into a hole, or swimming in the river?  Everyone,
almost everyone, believes that snakes are dangerous.
Some are, most are not.  Read this poem on a harmless
garden snake.
I saw a snake and ran away...
Some snakes are dangerous, they say;
But mother says that kind is good,
And eats up insects for his food.
So when he wiggles in the grass
I’ll stand aside and watch him pass,
And tell myself, “There’s no mistake,
It’s just a harmless garden snake!”
MURIEL L. SONNE
Working with the Poem
1. Answer the following questions.
(i) Pick out the line that suggests that the child is afraid
of snakes.
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(ii) Which line shows a complete change of the child’s
attitude towards snakes? Read it aloud.
(iii) “But mother says that kind is good...” What is mother
referring to?
2. Find the word that refers to the snake’s movements in the
grass.
3. There are four pairs of rhyming words in the poem. Say
them aloud.
4. A snake has no legs or feet, but it moves very fast. Can
you guess how? Discuss in the group.
5. Can you recall the word used for a cobra’s long sharp
teeth? Where did you come across this word first?
Do you know...
If you show love to plants or expose them to
classical music, they grow well. Is this true ?
Answer on page 151
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