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Arnold Adoff Chocolate Poem


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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
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
c h o c o l a t e hunk
there is a car a mel
chunk just waiting to
your teeth to geth er
for ev er.


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.