“Mommy, Mommy I don’t want to read
I want to sit and watch t.v.
On the couch with channel two
Laugh and see the best cartoons
But this show is old, it is a re-run
And I’m bored because I’ve seen this one
Mommy what am I supposed to do
When there’s nothing to watch on the tube?”
My mommy said with a smile real wide
“If you are bored, then play outside.”
So out I went and up a tree
And I was surprised at what I could see
But I got bored again, so I scurried down
Then decided to ride my bike around
I raced like the wind to the park
But no one was there, and it wasn’t even dark
Where have all the adventures gone?
I wondered as I peddled home
Back at home and something was weird
My mom had gone and disappeared
“Hey sis,” I said. “Where is mom?”
I asked her as I bounced around
She told me mom had things to do
And that she would return real soon
Still I was bored so I grabbed the remote
But each channel had the same as before
Then the door opened wide and my mother walked in
With a handful of books and the same wide grin
“I brought you adventures!” she said with a wave
“A new, far off place on every page.”
“Reading!” I said. “I do that in school!
And that stuff is boring, and not very cool.”
“Boring, huh? Like you’ve been all day?
Read a few books and then go out and play.”
I picked up the books and stomped to my bed
These books would just sit there and never be read
But boredom came back and I’d had enough
And I saw that the books had pirates and stuff
So I opened a cover and started a page
And before I had realized I was taken away
Into the stars with sword fights and heroes
This reading is FUN, and not just for zeroes!
It took me all week, but I finished the tale
And then ran outside and started to yell
“Ahoy Mateys! I’m in search of the gold
You’ll all walk the plank unless its secret is told.”
I climbed that old tree like the mast of a sail
Then I saw through the park a new pirate trail
So I hopped on my bike…oops I mean boat
And I peddled real fast to find the lost coast
What did I find through the trees big and stout?
The boys from my school in a pirate hideout
Our moms had all told us to read and go play
And now I was having an incredible day!
My imagination was full of ideas from a book
Now I’ll always have fun, ‘cause I know where to look.