Tom Tigercat

By J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942
Tom Tigercat is noted
for his manners and his wit.
He wouldn't think of lion,
No, he doesn't cheetah bit.
Tom never pretended
to be something that he's not.
I guess that's why we like him
and why he likes ocelot.

J. Patrick Lewis, "Tom Tigercat" from A Hippopotamusn’t, published by The Dial Press. Copyright © 1990 by J. Patrick Lewis.  Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Source: A Hippopotamusn't (The Dial Press, 1990)

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Poet J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Nature, Animals

 J. Patrick Lewis

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Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer.

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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