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About Alan Balter

Alan Balter was born May 25th, 1939 in Chicago. He worked as a teacher for children with special needs before becoming a professor in the Special Education Department at Chicago State University. There, he prepared teachers for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and developmental delays. Along with Poetry for my Grandchildren and Everyone Else’s, his other publications include: Divided Apple: A Story about Teaching in Chicago, Learning Disabilities: a Book for Parents, and two novels entitled Birds of a Feather and Holden and Me.

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    Poems by Alan Balter

  • Harvey The Hippo

    • Published: July 30, 2021
    Limerick About A Hippo

    in Limericks

    Harvey is a huge hippopotamus
    Who bathes in a bay that is bottomless
    HIs mouth is as large
    As a riverboat barge

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    • Votes 17
    • Rating 4.12
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    Hi Rita, thanks for the kind words about Harvey the Hippo. I've got about 20 otherr poems like Harvey. I can also furnish an illustrator. You go ahead and find a publisher, and we can be...

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  • Night Noises

    • Published: September 2019

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    My parents' bedroom is far from mine, so I have to wonder
    What the noise is every night that sounds a lot like thunder.
    We don't live near the seashore, but almost every morn
    I'm wakened by a noise that sounds like a fog horn.

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    • Rating 3.96
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    The writer has given a humorous touch to a common incident found in many a home. Mother's lighthearted comment, "I don't mind; it's really a godsend" makes the idea more effective.

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  • Who Nose?

    • Published: October 2017

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    Some are as long as hoses
    You buy at a garden store.
    Mine can be used to smell roses
    From a couple of miles or more.

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    • Rating 4.11
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    I think children will like the poem. It's funny. You must have a lot of imagination to write such a poem. I like it!

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  • Great Grandpa

    • Published: January 2018
    My Great Grandfather And His Life's Work

    in Family Poems for Kids

    Great Grandpa is a wise old man who says he's ninety-four.
    He tells me that he lost his leg fighting in some war.
    When I was just a little tot with eyes and nose still runny,
    He swears that he forgot my name, so now he calls me Sonny.

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    Balter's poem reminds me of my own grandfather whom I lost 49 years ago when he was 94. I remember his two habits very lucidly. He was a frugal eater. He used to weigh his food every time...

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  • Englksh Is A Pane

    • Published: October 2017
    Humorous Poem About The Inconsistencies Of English Language

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    Hear eye sit inn English class; the likelihood is that eye won't pass
    An F on my report card wood bee worse than swallowing glass
    It's knot that eye haven't studied, often till late at knight
    Butt the rules are sew confusing, eye simply can't get them write

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    • Rating 4.25
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    Very clever and funny, but it kinda blows my mind reading through this at the same time! How on earth did I manage to learn this wonderful, confusing language?! I must be converting it into...

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  • 1 month ago

Hi Rita, thanks for the kind words about Harvey the Hippo. I've got about 20 otherr poems like Harvey. I can also furnish an illustrator. You go ahead and find a publisher, and we can be partners.
Alan

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