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12-year-old’s Crocodile Poem Published in Over 50 Books!

This story goes back a long way, back to 1957. When Christine Fletcher was a 12-year-old student at King Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, Yorkshire she was asked to write a poem about an animal. She doesn’t remember why she chose to write about a crocodile, but distinctly remembers being very pleased with her decision to abbreviate “whenever” to “whene’er” to keep the rhythm in her poem, “If you should meet a crocodile”.  She handed in the poem and thought nothing of it. Here is Christine’s crocodile poem, reproduced with her permission:

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