Sample from Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tomorrow I’ll show you the step by step process of writing this poem. Hope you’ll come by.

Hi everyone,

With only a few months to go before the 2/16 pub date I’d like to share an example from my new Charelesbridge book illustrated by Giles Laroche. First, here’s that magnificent cover again.
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The cover picture is of a copperhead using its natural coloration to hide among the leaves. The illustration also appears in the book with this poem.

Dear Mr. Mousssse:

Find me,
If you can,
My sssskin
Deceivessss,
Helpssss me
Dissssappear
Among thesssse
leavessss.

Find me,
If you can,
On dappled
Sssstonessss,
Lounging by
Thissss pile of
Tiny
Bonessss.

Find me,
If you can,
Atop thissss
Ledge,
A broken
Sssstick,
A branch
Along thissss
Edge.

Find me,
If you can,
For if you
Don’t,
I’ll be here
Tomorrow . . .
You
Won’t.

Ssssincerely,
Mr. Copperhead

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25 comments on “Sample from Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

    • Thank you, Jane. I caught snakes all the time when I was a boy, beginning with a black snake when I was three. Scared my mother more than once. But that’s not why I did it. Really.

  1. The Thing About Sssssssnaakessss

    The thing about sssssssnakesssss
    Is they ssssslither around.
    Their hissssss in air
    And their belliesssss on ground.

    They sssssssun on cold rocksssss
    And they hide in the grasssssssss.
    If they bite, it’ssssss a poisssssionous
    Pain in the ankle.

    ©2015 Jane Yolen all rights reserved

    xxxJane

    • Hi, Matt. I’m glad you like these. Tomorrow I’ll explain how I wrote this poem. Hope you’ll come by for that.

  2. Is it possible to fall in love purely by looks and one little taste? After this post, I believe it is. Can’t wait to clutch my own copy of this! (I am a huge fan of snakes…and I give them the proper respect by not trying to touch them).

    We once had a “pet” copperhead that coiled itself under one of our blueberry bushes waiting for chipmunks that come to steal our blueberries. I liked having it there. 🙂

    • Good morning, Linda. My wife’s cousin was bitten by a copperhead when she was a girl and it was a nasty business. I caught one once as a favor to a little boy who kept begging me to catch a snake for him. Not the smartest gift I ever gave a kid!

    • Ah yes, there’s the mouse issue. In the course of its lifetime, I wonder how many of those little squeakers go down the gullet of a copperhead.

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