Oral English: Poem – Dirty Face

This is a children’s poem from Shel Silverstein. He was an american author of children’s books, a poet, screenwriter and cartoonist. He lived from 1930-1999.

This is a story of a parent asking their child why they’re so dirty today and the child describes all the fun and dirty activities they had that day. It sounds like a lot of fun to me!

Let’s practice our speaking in the group using this fun poem. You can then read it to your own child tonight. 🙂 …

Dirty Face by Shel Silverstein

Where did you get such a dirty face,
My darling dirty-faced child?

I got it from crawling along in the dirt
And biting two buttons off Jeremy’s shirt.

I got it from chewing the roots of a rose
And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.

I got it from peeking into a dark cave
And painting myself like a Navajo brave.

I got it from playing with coal in the bin
And signing my name in cement with my chin.

I got if from rolling around on the rug
And giving the horrible dog a big hug.

I got it from finding a lost silver mine
And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.

I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears
And from having more fun than you’ve had in years.

dirty face