A was an ant
Who seldom stood still,
And who made a nice house
In the side of a hill.
Nice little ant!


Poems for kids A is for ant illustration


B was a book
With a binding of blue,
And pictures and stories
For me and for you.
Nice little book!


Poems for kids B is for book illustration


C was a cat
Who ran after a rat;
But his courage did fail
When she seized on his tail.
Crafty old cat!


Poems for kids C is for cat illustration


D was a duck
With spots on his back,
Who lived in the water,
And always said “Quack!”
Dear little duck!


Poems for kids D is for duck illustration


E was an elephant,
Stately and wise:
He had tusks and a trunk,
And two queer little eyes,
Oh, what funny small eyes!


Poems for kids E is for elephant illustration


F was a fish
Who was caught in a net;
But he got out again,
And is quite alive yet.
Lively young fish!


Poems for kids F is for fish illustration


G was a goat
Who was spotted with brown:
When he did not lie still
He walked up and down.
Good little goat!


Poems for kids G is for goat illustration


H was a hat
Which was all on one side;
Its crown was too high,
And its brim was too wide.
Oh, what a hat!


Poems for kids H is for hat illustration


I was some ice
So white and so nice,
But which nobody tasted;
And so it was wasted.
All that good ice!


Poems for kids I is for ice illustration


J was a jackdaw
Who hopped up and dowa
In the principal street
Of a neighboring town.
All through the town!


Poems for kids J is for jackdaw illustration


K was a kite
Which flew out of sight,
Above houses so high,
Quite into the sky.
Fly away, kite!


Poems for kids K is for kite illustration


L was a light
Which burned all the night,
And lighted the gloom
Of a very dark room.
Useful nice light!


Poems for kids L is for light illustration


M was a mill
Which stood on a hill,
And turned round and round
With a loud hummy sound.
Useful old mill!


Poems for kids M is for mill illustration


N was a net
Which was thrown in the sea
To catch fish for dinner
For you and for me.
Nice little net!


Poems for kids N is for net illustration


O was an orange
So yellow and round:
When it fell off the tree,
It fell down to the ground;
Down to the ground!


Poems for kids O is for orange illustration


P was a pig,
Who was not very big;
But his tail was too curly,
And that made him surly.
Cross little pig!


Poems for kids P is for pig illustration


Q was a quail
With a very short tail;
And he fed upon corn
In the evening and morn.
Quaint little quail!


Poems for kids Q is for quail illustration


R was a rabbit,
Who had a bad habit
Of eating the flowers
In gardens and bowers.
Naughty fat rabbit!


Poems for kids R is for rabbit illustration


S was the sugar-tongs,
To take up the sugar
To put in our tea.


Poems for kids S is for sugar tongs illustration


T was a tortoise,
All yellow and black:
He walked slowly away,
And he never came back.
Torty never came back!


Poems for kids T is for tortoise illustration


U was an urn
All polished and bright,
And full of hot water
At noon and at night.
Useful old urn!


Poems for kids U is for urn illustration


V was a villa
Which stood on a hill,
By the side of a river,
And close to a mill.
Nice little villa!


Poems for kids V is for villa illustration


W was a whale
With a very long tail,
Whose movements were frantic
Across the Atlantic.
Monstrous old whale!


Poems for kids W is for whale illustration


X was King Xerxes,
Who, more than all Turks is,
Renowned for his fashion
Of fury and passion.
Angry old Xerxes!


Poems for kids X is for Xerxes illustration


Y was a yew,
Which flourished and grew
By a quiet abode
Near the side of a road.
Dark little yew!


Poems for kids Y is for yew illustration


Z was some zinc,
So shiny and bright,
Which caused you to wink
In the sun’s merry light.
Beautiful zinc!


Poems for kids Z is for zinc illustration


Poem for kids written by Edward Lear

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1. Were there any animals or things that you did not recognise in this alphabet? Can you think of some other things that begin with that letter?