Monique from France taught me this one. She used to say it to her 1st grade students and they would ask her to say it again (even years later). It’s slightly scary, but has a funny ending. I translated it into English. It would work translated into other languages too. It could be a fun one to recite to your kids or students at Halloween time.
Below you’ll find it in English, with a recording I did for you so you can hear how to recite it. Beneath that you can read it in French and also hear Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français reciting it for you in French.
In a scary voice say:
Midnight, the time of the crime,
A man, a knife in his hand…
Then nonchalantly say:
Spreads butter on
A slice of bread.
Here it is in French:
Minuit, l’heure du crime…
Un homme, un couteau à la main,
étalait du beurre
sur une tartine de pain.
Many thanks to Monique for sharing this “poem” with us!
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