APPA Honors Young Poets



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GREENWICH, Conn.—The American Pet Products Association (APPA) has selected five winners for its first-ever National Children’s Pet Poetry Contest. Through APPA’s Pets Add Life campaign, third-grade students from across the country were invited to write a unique poem about a special pet in their life and either post it on-line at www.petsaddlife.org, or mail in their submissions.

The chosen winners are receiving pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, each winning student’s classroom will receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education. The poems were judged on creativity, clarity, voice, and the child’s ability to reinforce the message of the joys and benefits of pet ownership.  The panel of judges consisted of teachers, widely accredited pet journalists, and APPA.

Here are the five winning poems:


Dana, age 9, in Sandy Valley, Nev.

Chubs
My bird’s name is Chubs
He takes baths in tubs
He’s ever so quick
And he sits on a stick
He has a friend named Flutter
She doesn’t like butter
Chubs is so fat
And he’s scared of my cat
Chubs lives in a cage
But he doesn’t eat sage
We think he’s a boy
He has fun with his toy
It has a bell
And he thinks it’s swell
Chubs is a parakeet
And he is ever so sweet
Chubs is important to me
As you can see
That I love him
And he loves me


Ethan, age 9, New York City, N.Y.

King
Swish, swish goes King
Smooth as a pebble
Gold as the sun
He is so much fun!

He makes me happy
I’m not lonely anymore!
I could look at him swimming all day
I don’t even need to play!

He was the best birthday gift ever
I named him King because he rules the tank
He also rules my heart
I never want to be apart!


Manju, age 8, San Ramon, Calif.

Hamster
Wake up hamster, wake up now.
Drink from your bottle, I know you know how.
Eat a small meal,
Or chew on your wheel.
Chew a small toy,
Or play with a boy.
Wake up hamster, wake up now.
Wow, you had babies! Wow!!!


Emily, age 9, Pleasantville, N.Y.

Hairy all over,
He can’t help being cute.
Smiling from droopy ear to droopy ear,
With a cold little nose,
Stealing my heart, and filling it with joy.
I can’t help laughing
As I see him chasing his tail, and wagging his tongue
He perks up his ears
Only five days
Until you’re mine.


Gwynneth, age 9, Bush, La.

Silverbell
 Silverbell is a good kitty cat
And she lives outside so she doesn’t
Do her business on the carpets or mats.
When I call her in my high pitched voice,
She comes to me, like she has no choice.
So the little spicy orange lightning bolt,
Always greets me with purrs, not jolts.
Up the stairs to my room,
I give her “pet”icures and paint her claws maroon.
How I love her!
Purr, purr, purrrrrrrrrr!


To see other pet poems submitted visit www.petsaddlife.org.

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