The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Annual Animal Charity Fashion Parade

Listen to Jacqueline reading her poem ...
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen,
To our Annual Animal Charity Fashion Parade
Where on the catwalk tonight
Every imaginable style will be displayed.
Please welcome
Miss Fox
Sporting a fine pair of pink and yellow stripy knee-high socks.
The kittens
Looking cosy in their matching magenta fleecy mittens.
Mr Polar Bear
Showcasing his beautiful spotted silk underwear.
The Doves
Let me draw your attention to their exquisite white lacy gloves.
Miss Sea Squirt
Wearing a pink satin circular skirt.
The Llamas
Exhibiting the models’ own cool summery pyjamas.
Mr Killer Whale
Displaying this season’s top hat and tails.
The Kippers
Attired in fashionable red felt bedroom slippers.
Ms Rat
Admire, if you please, her smart straw hat.
The Seals
Stepping out in stylish black sling-back heels.
Mr Goat
Warming up for winter in this comfortable grey woollen coat.
Our parade of ants
Dressed in exceptionally fancy light cotton pants.
And finally, showing off this splendid French beret,
Is Mademoiselle Ferret.

About the Writer

Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a poet and primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. One of her favourite things is helping children to love poetry and reading and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives in a rose-covered cottage near the sea and enjoys gardening, crochet, and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time! You can read some of her other poems in The Caterpillar, Tyger Tyger, Northern Gravy, The Toy, and Little Thoughts Press.