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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Songs and Poems

Pancake Poem

by Shel Silverstein

Who wants a pancake, Sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says,
"I'll take the one on top."
Who else wants a pancake,
Fresh off the griddle?
Terrible Teresa smiles and says,
"I'll take the one in the middle."

Discussion and Activities
  1. Compare the three poems about pancakes. What is the difference in tone and style?
  2. Discuss the use of rhythm and other literary devices in each.
  3. What is the poet's purpose in each poem?