What’s the Best Pet for a Girl When She’s Four?

Life was exciting for a girl named Ellie,
She was planning a party with cake cards and jelly,
In a very short time she was going to be four,
She was excited about not being three anymore.
The party aside she had reason to smile,
You see she’d been asking her Mum for a while,
If she could have a pet, but Mum always said no,
But for her fourth birthday Mum promised to go
To the pet shop with Ellie and buy her a pet,
Now the big question was about which pet to get.
Can I please get an ant? Ellie questioned her Mum.
They build little tunnels, to watch would be fun!
But then Ellie changed her mind, for the first time of many
And she said to her Mum – do you think they’d have any
Snails in the pet shop, a snail would be ace!
I could teach him to go fast and have a snail race!
Then Ellie thought some more and decided in fact,
That the most perfect pet would be an astute fluffy rat,
She would tickle his whiskers and he’d sit on her shoulder,
And they’d remain friends even as she grew older,
But then she decided that a cute guinea pig,
With brown patches of fur who would live in a big
Cage full of sawdust would make the best pet.
Yes, she decided, and she was all set,
Until she remembered some cute fluffy bunnies,
She’d seen at a friend’s house – so friendly and funny,
But then so were the kittens she’d seen in a shop,
Even if, unlike bunnies, they didn’t sniff much or hop,
But a wallaby would, so maybe that was the thing,
But then Ellie wondered if her pet should have wings.
She considered a penguin, an owl and an hawk,
Or a blue and green parrot she could teach how to talk,
And then she considered a dog on a lead,
It would be lovely to walk and quite easy to feed,
Compared to some of the pets she’d considered,
Dog food in cans can be ordered and delivered,
Unlike little live mice which she’d need for an owl,
And she’d feel sad if they got eaten, she thought with a howl,
Ellie wanted a dog. No! she wanted a horse!
A horse! She considered, a horse, yes of course!
I could ride it to nursery and all-round the house,
And unlike my owl it would not eat my mouse.
Yes a horse she decided, but they’re not great to cuddle,
And yet again Ellie was in quite in a muddle,
The best pet to cuddle would be a big bear,
But he’d be rather messy – those big paws! All that hair!
She thought of an elephant, a lion, a gazelle,
A white spotted leopard and a sea lion as well.
She kept thinking and thinking and thinking some more,
What’s the best pet for a girl when she’s four?
She talked to her Mum who was full of advice,
And rather in favour of something fluffy and nice,
Then Ellie had a brainwave and she knew just what to do,
She’d not get a pet, she’d get tickets for the zoo!

What's the Best Kind of Pet for Girl When She's Four - a poem by Pooky

[Based on a request by Ellie who said please could I write a poem about her and lots of animals. I hope this fits the bill!]

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11 Responses to What’s the Best Pet for a Girl When She’s Four?

  1. jodegray says:

    OMG that was so lovely! She will be so impressed ❤
    My boys 5 tomorrow, so it made me all emotional 🙂
    Hope you all have a lovely day at the zoo, I presume when she hears this she'll be wanting to go!


  2. wbdeejay says:

    Hahaha, I hope she loves this poem, I certainly do. And a great present idea so she can she ALL the animals.
    A wonderful story to be illustrated in a book, this one.


  3. This is a beautiful poem story. I’m 63 and I couldn’t wait to find out which pet it would be. And wow the surprise ending! I’m with Peter, one to be illustrated. It really would make a perfect childrens book.
    Also, Ellie, will be able to keep this and one day in the distant future, share it with her children.
    I’d better stop, I’m getting all weepy here. A very special poem for a special little girl.
    Tricia xx


    • PookyH says:

      I love it when I can create poems that make the children smile – I am always so nervous before I read them to them though. It’s silly really but they are a lot less guarded in their criticism than most, and their opinion REALLY matters!

      Now I just need to learn to draw 🙂


      • Oh yes, learn to draw because, you know, you have so much spare time. 🙂 Not that I’m not absolutely positive you could if you set your mind to it.
        I’m hoping an illustrator will cross your path when the time is right. Someone who shares a similar vision for your poems. I really do think you have a gift Pooky.
        Tricia xx


      • PookyH says:

        Thanks Tricia 🙂 I tend not to seek things but I do find that opportunities arise if you’re open to them That’s how I have managed my entire career so far in fact… I have never sought out a job, they’ve always sort of come to me – ditto with the PhD. SO maybe, one day, I will find an illustrator. I think we’d have a whole lot of fun together!

        (Tom’s new year’s challenge was to learn to draw so who knows, currently, Lyra and Ellie draw better than the two us of put together…)



  4. Ellie has a great pet vocabulary for only just four!


    • PookyH says:

      She is a BIG animal fan. She has a real affinity with animals. I really want to but her a puppy but Tom won’t budge on it… maybe for her fifth birthday 😉

      (to be fair to Tom, my mother in law lives at the top of the garden and has two dogs – one of which was ours but moved in with the in laws when we had two small children and the in laws started feeding him steak…)


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