Beached high upon a mountaintop in a sea of winter green
there sits the oddest vessel. It’s an ancient brigantine.
The sailors gone, the story lost of how it ran aground,
this ship is not abandoned for by others it was found.
High within the crow’s-nest an almighty din is heard,
and if we take a sneaky peek we’ll see the strangest bird.
A parrot-fish is flying high, flapping scaly wings,
screeching at an angelfish as angelically she sings.
A spider monkey, green and red, is swinging from the rigging.
Eight arms are very helpful when you’re trying out your skipping.
Inside the ship, a dragonfly is firing up the barbie,
while zebra finch is racing home in a very mixed up Derby.
He’s neck and neck with seahorse who then gallops round the bend,
it’s very close but zebra finch just flies by in the end.
Clownfish entertains them all by juggling under water,
then a fearsome act performed by tiger moth and daughter.
For today’s a special birthday for someone rather swish.
The Queen of mixed-up mountain is the lovely lionfish.
Book Week 2020 Challenge
In 2020, the Book Week theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds! There are so many curious creatures in the books I loved as a child. I’m remembering The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and how about the wonderful Gruffalo?!
In my poem Mixed-up Mountain, I had fun with real animal names like the parrotfish. In the poem I imagine a fish with a parrot’s head. I even created a couple of silly images like the one below.
What is the challenge?
Your challenge is to create your own mixed-up creature. Use your imagination and go truly wild.
- Tell us something about your Curious Creature. Where does it live? What does it like to eat? Is it fierce or timid? Is it huge or tiny?
- Now draw a picture of your Curious Creature. Perhaps draw it in its habitat.
- Lastly, give your Curious Creature a name. Can you think up a believable scientific name or a fancy nickname?
Don’t forget to upload your Curious Creature picture through the Children’s University portal for a 30 minute stamp in your passport.
ABOUT THE CBCA
The CBCA is a wonderful organisation that brings children closer to the books they already love. In their own words;
“The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.
Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. You will often see parades with students dressed as their favourite book character.“