Smart Poem by Shel Silverstein


Rating: 3.5

My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!
And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!
And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!
And I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head-
Too proud of me to speak!

alexander depretis 03 April 2018

its cool i love it fortnight

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Kelly 27 March 2018

easy to point, for children of all ages to enjoy

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Connie Ball 26 March 2018

I have commented several times and submitted, but it wont take. I can see how a younger child could reach this logic.

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Candice 27 March 2018

It was hilarious but very good

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Ur dad 11 November 2021

Candice nuts fit I. Your mouth

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Victoria Roberson-Taylor 01 September 2022

It was funny but a teachable memory

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SW 25 August 2022

Nice mathematical thinking for school age

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Shannon 15 August 2022

Makes a good point

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Jennie 20 July 2022

it was a funny poem

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Colette 13 June 2022

Great poem! I understand how money can be difficult for young children.

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