Slim Sam’s Ship Shop

A Tongue-Twister Poem for Kids

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Slim Sam’s Ship Shop
sells Sam’s shrimp ships.
Trim Tom’s Chip Shop
sells Tom’s shrimp chips.

Slick Nick’s Snack Shack
sells Nick’s stick snacks.
Doc Jacques’ Slack Shack
sells Jacques’ black slacks.

Nick shops Jacques’ shack.
Jacques sells Nick slacks.
Jacques shops Nick’s shack.
Nick sells Jacques snacks.

Sam skips Tom’s shop.
Tom’s shrimp chips drop.
Tom skips Sam’s shop.
Sam’s shrimp ships flop.

Nick swaps snacks for
Doc Jacques’ black slacks.
Jacques’ swaps slacks for
Slick Nick’s stick snacks.

Sam, Tom skip shop?
Chips drop, ships flop.
Nick, Jacques shop shacks?
Slacks and snacks swap.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2005. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 3

Topics: Poems about Kooky Characters, Shopping, Wordplay

Poetic Techniques: Descriptive Poems, Wordplay


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