New boy

Sometimes people look different from their classmates. Listen to this poem about why it’s exciting when people are different.

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New boy

A blue boy started school today

He’s sitting next to Jude

And everybody looked at him

Although we know that’s rude.

 

I wondered why his skin was blue

So different from mine

I wondered if it bothered him

But he seemed to like it fine.

 

And suddenly my classroom seemed

A more exciting place

A bigger world was coming in

With a different kind of face.

 

I spoke to him at morning break

Although I felt quite shy

I thought that he would like a friend

If I was new, I’d cry!

 

And then I saw him staring too

His eyes were wide and round

Just because we have long tails

Which trail along the ground.

 

I think we’re going to be good friends

We seem to think the same

About a lot of different things

And we even share a name!

 

Gillian Craig

Discussion

Do you like this poem? Can you think of some other ways of being different? Tell us about them!

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Submitted by TopazXylophone… on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 13:18

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I like this poem. Another way of being different is when you like things that most of the other people don't like to do that much. Such as maths. I really enjoy doing maths and I am quite good at school even though I do not really work hard. A lot of students can't understand that, which is because they are usually not very nice to me. Fortunately there are also a lot of nice students. : -) But no one will ever understand me. Not even I will.

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