To invoke among them the habit of reading literature.
To develop the habit of enjoying poetry and rhyme.
To enrich their English language.
To encourage them to have a love for nature.
Question mark for tail : The tail which looks like question mark.
Overcoat of gray : The squirrel appears wearing a gray coat.
Tease : to make fun of The students were teasing the fellow students.
The squirrel is sitting on the ground.
To poet it appears in a different way.
Poet feels that its tail is like question mark and body is covered with gray coat.
It is very naughty and likes to tease.
Q1. What is compared with gray overcoat? Ans: The squirrels body is compared with gray overcoat.
Q2. Who is sitting on the ground and what is it doing? Ans: The squirrel is sitting on the ground and is eating a nut.
Q3. What does it do when we go around? Ans: It disappears behind the tree when we go around.
Q4. How does poet describe the squirrel? Ans: The poet describes the squirrel as a naughty and intelligent animal whose tail is like question mark and who wears a coat.
Q5. Do you like poets description of the squirrel? Ans: Yes, this description is very much like a squirrel appears.
In the poem 'The Squirrel' the poet Mildred Bowers Armstrong describes a squirrel that he observes in his garden. The poet describes how the squirrel, covered in gray fur, sits in an upright position on a tree branch eating a nut. His tail looks like a question mark because of its bent shape. The happy and lively squirrel loves to play with the poet and her friends. Whenever they ran around his tree, he would run to the other side of the tree. The poet tells us about the nature of the squirrel that it is innocently naughty and likes to tease anyone who comes near him.
1. Why does the poet say the squirrel “wore a question mark for tail”? Draw a squirrel, or find a picture of a squirrel sitting on the ground. How would you describe its tail? Ans: The poet says that the squirrel wore a question mark because its tail looks like a question mark when it sits on the ground eating a nut. I will describe its tail as if it is a stick having a hook at the top.
2. Do we usually say that an animal ‘wears’ a tail? What do we say? (Think: Does an animal wear a coat? Consult a dictionary if you like, and find out how ‘wear’ is used in different ways.) Ans: No, we do not usually say that an animal wears a tail. We say that animal has a tail.
3. “He liked to tease and play”. Who is teasing whom? How ? Ans: The squirrel is teasing the poet. When the poet goes around, the squirrel disappears behind the tree.