Poetry Monday: “Jake the Snake”

January 9, 2012 45 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe

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About today’s poem:
“Jake the Snake” appears in the early reader What Am I? For this poem, I had to work with a word list featuring long vowel sounds and words with vowel-consonant-e constructions, like snake and glide. Sometimes these things just write themselves. Enjoy (and check out the illustration below)!

Jake the Snake

slip
slide
twist and
glide

I am Jake the Snake.

I can hide in the shade of a rose,
pile up with my pals and pretend to be a hose,
smell a smell and not even use my nose…
can you?

I can scrape my side on a hot broken rock,
shed my skin like a slung-off sock,
make kids gasp and stare in shock…
can you?

hiss
shift
slink and
swish

I am Jake the Snake.

I can bend my spine into lots of shapes,
gulp an egg or a bunch of grapes,
chase an insect up the drapes…
can you?

I can make my home in holes and caves,
slink and slide and swell like waves,
scare a brave man while he shaves…
can you?

I am silent, swift, and wise,
my stripes are white and just my size,
my fangs protect me in the grass,
my scales shine in the sun like glass.
I am a snake, I will not hide –
not myself and not my pride!

slip
slide
twist and
glide

I am Jake the Snake.

Ssssssssssssssssss!

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Jake the Snake illustration by Dave LaTulippe

Jake the Snake ~ Illustration by Dave LaTulippe

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Jake the snake, embroidered

Yes, I embroidered the snake

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Snake Activities for “Jake the Snake”

Kidzone has all sorts of snake learning activities, printables, and worksheets.
Danielle’s Place has a plethora of adorable snake crafts for all age groups.

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Video Location
Scarlino, Italy. In a pine wood by the sea.

See more poems in my poetry video library.

“Jake the Snake” by Renée LaTulippe. Illustration by Dave LaTulippe. Licensed by All About Learning Press, Inc. Copyright © 2010, 2011 All About Learning Press, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  No portion of this material may be copied, retransmitted, reposted, duplicated, or otherwise used without the express written approval of All About Learning Press, Inc.

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43 Comments

  1. David
    5 years ago

    Any great one. Not being a fan of snakes I was a little creeped out by some of the imagery. There have been quite a few times that I have thought the hose was a snake and now knowing that Jake enjoys disguising himself as one is disturbing! Do you have snakes where you live?

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    • David
      5 years ago

      I meant ANOTHER great one. It’s early and no coffee yet!

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      • Renee LaTulippe
        5 years ago

        Nope, haven’t seen any snakes around here. Lots of cute little lizards, though! I didn’t mean to make you afraid of your hose.

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  2. Louise
    5 years ago

    I loved your poem! It’s great! I love the word sounds you have chosen and the meter. Even the structure slithers down the page. Good job.

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Louise! Nice to meet a fellow verse writer!

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  3. Susanna Leonard Hill
    5 years ago

    Ditto Louise’s comments! Love the poem and the activities and the video! My favorite line? “shed my skin like a slung-off sock” – so visually evocative and fun 🙂

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  4. Joanna Marple
    5 years ago

    Great imagery and lots of fun. Love Jake the Snake, Renée!

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  5. Natalie
    5 years ago

    Lovely,lovely,lovely, of course! And embroidery too?? Wow!! Now I am really impressed! 😉

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  6. Renee LaTulippe
    5 years ago

    @Susanna – Thanks – that’s my fave line too!

    @Joanna – Thanks for stopping by again!

    @Natalie – Yes, my meager attempts at teaching myself to embroider. I’ve got a sheep going too — only 5000 more French knots to go!

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  7. Alison Hertz
    5 years ago

    Renee – I love the repetition of both the “twist, glide” line and the “can you?” line. Lots of fun. I can picture 3 year olds slithering around in their preschool while getting read this poem by their teacher.

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Oh, thanks for saying so, Alison! I’ll have to test that out when my boys are a little older and actually understand the concept of “snake.” 🙂

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  8. Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    5 years ago

    AWESOME poem! I like the snake illlustration too 🙂

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Hehe, thanks, Erik! It’s great to get a kid’s perspective on things — and I’ll tell my brother you liked his illustration. 🙂

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  9. Barb
    5 years ago

    I LOVE that poem! I’m going to read it to my Grade 1s tomorrow.

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Oh, thank you, Barbara! I would love to know how they respond to it — I hope they don’t start slithering all over the classroom!

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  10. Jill Bergman
    5 years ago

    It’s so nice to meet you Renee- I’m glad you stopped by my blog!
    The ssssounds in your sssnake poem are wonderful! Jake is also very handsome in both his incarnations. 🙂

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Thanks for coming over, Jill! Yes, Jake is a little vain, but we love him anyway. 🙂

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  11. patientdreamer
    5 years ago

    Oh this was so good. Don’t like snakes but I did enjoy listening and watching you read the poem, it is a great trademark of your blog, makes a nice change. Great fun, great image Renee.

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Hey Diane, thanks a lot for all your kind words. Wasn’t sure about the videos when I started, but I’m having fun with them and hope eventually some kiddies will find their way to them, too!

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  12. Russ Cox
    5 years ago

    I really enjoyed your “Jake the Snake” poem and how you captured what a snake might be thinking.

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Hey, thanks for stopping by Russ — glad you liked Jake. And I just popped over to your blog and LOVE what you’re doing! Beautiful illustration, and your profile is hysterical!

      Everyone, go see what Russ is doing at Smiling Otis Studio!

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  13. Carol A. Bender
    5 years ago

    Wow, I love it all.

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  14. Juana Martinez-Neal
    5 years ago

    I looooove the poem Renee! Thanks for inviting me over 🙂

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  15. Janette Fuller
    5 years ago

    I love Jake the Snake! I am so glad you made the video. This is a wonderful resource for parents/teachers/librarians to share with children. Children love poetry and rhyming words ~ and they are fascinated with snakes. Perfect!

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Juana and Janette!

      Janette, I’m so glad you said so – I’m making the videos just for those people – kids, parents, librarians – and do hope that kids will eventually come by to hear some verse. 🙂

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  16. Tara
    5 years ago

    What fun! I loved the poem…and the embroidery! Jake looks like he’s up to something.

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  17. jeannine Atkins
    5 years ago

    I, too, enjoyed Jake the Snake — and like the name of your blog! Welcome to Poetry Friday!

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  18. Renee LaTulippe
    5 years ago

    @ Tara – Heh, he is up to something indeed! Glad you liked my novice attempt at embroidery.

    @ Jeannine – Thanks for the welcome – looking forward to more great Fridays with your group!

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  19. Ed DeCaria
    5 years ago

    Hi Renee. I enjoyed your poem, both written and your “performance”. I admit sometimes I am turned off by live readings of children’s poems because I’ve come to hear/visualize them a certain way in my mind and then the author’s performance — no matter if that’s the way he/she intended! — is so different than my own. (Yours was quite close.)

    At some point, I will try to embed some audio/video recordings (Camtasia+Vimeo?) onto my site as well.

    Thanks!

    -Ed

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      5 years ago

      Hi Ed – Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I know what you mean about live readings, especially if the reader isn’t so good at it, haha. Poetry is subjective and we all have our own rhythms in our heads, and that’s why I include both the text and a reading — we’ve got options here at No Water River! 🙂 On the other hand, poetry is meant to be heard, and this site is also for parents and teachers, many of whom are uncomfortable with reading poetry aloud; the videos are here to help those folks along by providing a ready-made reading that hopefully shows that it’s really not so hard. That’s why I also try to stick to a fairly low-key reading and not a full-blown performance — the videos need to be accessible to everyone. I’ll be writing a post about this soon. 🙂

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      • Ed DeCaria
        5 years ago

        I completely agree with your point about many people feeling uncomfortable reading poetry. Obviously it helps if the poems have proper (and identifiable) meter and rhyme to begin with, but even then it can be intimidating for people who are afraid of “reading it wrong.” I think that I will try a recording or two and post them at some point on my site in the next month. If you catch them, please let me know what you think. -Ed

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  20. Linda Baie
    5 years ago

    I love all that action that snakes do; the poem captures it precisely-lots of S’s too, slithering and sliding and shining and shedding. No wonder they hiss! I also love the embroidery, must have been inspiring to create Jake this way, too!

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  21. Katya
    5 years ago

    I think I may have spied Jake pretending to be a hose in my garden this summer.

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  22. Julie Hedlund
    5 years ago

    What a fun poem – and a beautiful setting in your video. My goodness!

    Thank you for sharing Jake with us!

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  23. Mary Jo Guglielmo
    5 years ago

    Looks like a fun read for kids and parents.

    Have you ever tried on of those over-sized books that are too big for one person to hold when reading to two boys? Good luck on snuggle time.

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  24. Renee LaTulippe
    5 years ago

    @Linda – yes, it was fun to embroider Jake! I’ve done a few of the characters from my stories in an attempt to make a baby blanket…boys are almost two and that blanket isn’t done yet.

    @Katya – I see snakes EVERYWHERE, in every long leaf or dried twig!

    @Julie – thanks! The setting is Suvereto, one of my favorite medieval towns. It’s really a jewel!

    @Mary Jo – I have one oversized book, but it usually ends up sliding (or being pushed) off my lap and crushing my toes. Sigh.

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  25. Nikki
    5 years ago

    My son Jake loves this poem…and so do I.
    Can’t wait to show him this video of it being read. So far he has only heard me read it to him.

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  26. Robyn Hood Black
    5 years ago

    Welcome to Poetry Friday, Renee! Glad you slithered in with this delightful poem. I can’t imagine a young reader being able to sit still through it, because he or she would be trying out all of Jake’s moves. ;0)

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  27. Renee LaTulippe
    5 years ago

    @ Nikki – I’m going to guess Jake prefers his Mama’s reading, but maybe he’ll enjoy seeing his name in lights anyway — after all, he is a child of the theater! 🙂

    @ Robyn – And glad you slithered in with that fun comment! Thanks for the welcome – Poetry Friday sounds like a fun group.

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  28. Mary Lee
    5 years ago

    Welcome to Poetry Friday! Jake the Snake is a lot of fun!

    I’d love to know more about that pine wood by the sea in Scarlino, Italy!!

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  29. Robyn Campbell
    5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing Jake with us. He’s awesome. That setting in your video is lovely. I’m glad I stopped in and very thankful that you visited me. 🙂

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  30. Irene Latham
    5 years ago

    I loved meeting Jake the Snake. My fave line might be: “shed my skin like a slung-off sock,”
    Love!

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