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Authors: Ilo Orleans

Animal Orchestra

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Library of Congress Control Number: 00-109698    eISBN: 978-0-375-98260-6
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FOR DANIEL GEORGE AND ALISON JOAN

In Animal Town

It was Musical Day.

The orchestra

Had gathered to play.

 

Everyone came

To hear and to see.

The big sign said:

ADMISSION FREE!

 

Up to the platform

Each animal went,

And proudly carried

His instrument.

 

Then came the conductor

With stick in his hand—

The handsomest Hippo

In Animal Land.

 

He tapped his foot.

He waved his hand,

And cried to the players:

“Strike up the band!”

 

The gray Seals barked.

They lifted their fins,

And tweedled upon

Their violins.

 

The spotted Giraffes—

The oddest fellows—

Zoomed and zoomed

On their yellow cellos.

 

The Lion bugled;

The Rhino fluted;

 

The Leopard harped;

The Tiger tooted.

 

The Monkey wiggled

A brass trombone.

The Llama blew

A saxophone.

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