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Introduction: "Let The Biter Beware" is a cute poem about what you may find when you bite into a piece of chocolate. It would be neat to have a box of candy for your students to try after reading this poem. (make sure you are aware of any chocolate, nut, or other allergies that may prevent a student from participating prior to offering. Maybe you could bring in a special treat for that child.)

Let The Biter Beware.

In the center of each
pale
milk
c h o c o l a t e lump
there is a hard nut
waiting to bump your
front tooth into the
d e n t i s t's chair.

In the center of each
dark
deep
c h o c o l a t e hunk
there is a car a mel
chunk just waiting to
glue
your teeth to geth er
for ev er.

Take
care.

by Arnold Adoff
from "Chocolate Dreams"
Poems by Arnold Adoff
Illustrated by Turi MacCombie
(Lathrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1989)

Extension: After reading this poem and sharing a box of chocolates with your class, you could ask the students what was inside their chocolates and create a class graph.