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Children's Book Week Giant Poem! | 27-Oct-08

On the sixth of October, school children from all around Lambeth came to Southbank Centre and the Poetry Library to launch Children's Book Week by writing a giant poem together with Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen.

Other teachers who would like to bring a group to visit the library should contact Miriam on 020 7921 0943.

From the Booktrust website:

With the help of Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, 200 children from primary schools in Lambeth wrote a giant poem to launch Children's Book Week.

The children from Archbishop Sumner C of E Primary School, Charlotte Sharman Primary School, Friars Primary School, Johanna Primary School and Walnut Tree Walk Primary School took a flight on the London Eye with Michael and noted down ideas for the poem. After the flight they gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, where every child wrote one line for the poem. Michael wrote the chorus.

I Spy With My London Eye
I smell the salt water from the River Thames.
I think I'm going to fall.
I feel so very high,
All my pods can reach the sky.
I see people; they look like ants.
I think the world is beautiful.
I am the London Eye:
I am big and tall like a spinning wheel.

I feel like a bird gliding over the sky.
I, the London Eye, see
Those small, innocent humans
Walking on a bridge, with all their clothes!
I feel like a bird flying in the sky,
I am the London Eye.

I am the River Thames, cold and dirty -
I am the Thames, keeping things above me.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

The sound of ventilation seeping into me, I think
What a lovely view!
I live in the sky: I can see Big Ben.
I feel as big as Big Ben.
I am the London Eye that watches time go by.

I see London looking at me.
Where will I go? What will I see?
I can see everything from here - where I stand is tall.
I can see all.

I am big
I am round
And I don't make a sound.
I go high
I go low
And I don't need a tow.
I move really slow.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

I am the Thames - I can see seagulls.
Mud dissolves beneath me like chocolate melting in my mouth.
I am the fishes that swim in me.

I can see boats across the river.
All the boats look like plastic toys
Way up high on the London Eye.

I can see Big Ben.
I hear nervous people from way up high,
I can hear the salty waves of the Thames.
For I am the London Eye.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

I can hear the engine of my own creation.
I spy with my London Eye:
I feel like I'm hitting the atmosphere.
I can see my friends - high, high, high!

I am the Thames with the boats on my back.
I am the wide open River Thames - I am very cold,
as cold as the North Pole.
I see houses and buses and people say hello to me.
The moon is bright at night,
I see the bottom of the sea.

I see the river, I see the golden egg.
I see the River Thames flowing like a snake.
I see a silver woman and a gold man.
He walks like he is glad.
Brown river, brown river.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

I am the London Eye - I hear the river;
I smell the water, I taste the water.
Thames, Thames, I like to see the Thames.
I see the Thames flowing and feel buzzy noises coming
I'm flying on the gentle sky breeze.

People, people look so small
Some of the little ones most of all.

I am the London Eye which frizzles and struggles.
I hold weary and heavy people that chat and go flat.
I see trains moving from place to place
I feel the sun beating on me.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

I see the Thames going this way and that -
I ask it "How are you today? Can you tell me that?"

Don't stare in the Eye or you will tell a lie -

I am the enormous, gigantic, humungous London Eye
I go round in a circle in the sky
To take people on a ride.

I am the London Eye going round and round every day.
I am a circle that shows people the whole world.
I am slow like a tricycle, slow as a feather.
I hear the waving water - swish, swosh.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

I am fast, you are slow
I am high and you are low
You are dirty I am clean
I am tall
You are small
I am Eye
That sees birds fly
I say goodbye
But then I say hello again.
I am Eye I watch birds sway
And horses eating hay.

London is so incredible and huge.
Above the streets I think of all the people below
The Queen having tea
The Prime Minister in Big Ben
Us having fun.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

I am the river - my waves make me shiver.
I am the Thames - my waves crash against walls.
I am the Thames, floating with the ships.
Filthy old river that boats run across.

I am the Eye so white and clean -
You are the Thames, filthy and mean.

I see clouds, boats, buildings and trains.
I get very cold when it rains.
I am the London Eye,
I see the river, the hills and the sky.
I can see for miles and miles.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

You are dirty, filthy, cold -
I am white and clean and bold!
I am vibrating, scary, weird,
You are fast, wet and soggy!

I see the boats
The boats see me
I smell the ocean
The ocean smells me
I feel the vibration
The vibration feels me.

I am the Thames: every boat likes me.
Thames am I: low and steady.

I am the London Eye
I can see the beautiful horizon
In the clear blue sky.
I see the water flow and the boats going.
Trains look so small, buses look so tiny.

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

Sometimes I go fast
Sometimes I go slow
Sometimes I don't know
Which way to go.

I am the Eye
I say goodbye
I'm in the sky
The Eye am I.

I hear the hum of the engines
I smell the polluted air
Feel the boats go by.
I taste oxygen from the enormous sky.
I am the London Eye - high, high, high!

I AM EYE
THAMES AM I
I SEE EYE
THAMES I SEE

Wembley arch far away
Blue skies and white clouds floating by.
A police boat moves out of a bay.
I am the brown river and I am wetter than you.
I am the Thames: I swish and sway.

Small, small cars
Big, big house.
Middle, middle river.
I can hear everything going by.
I am the London Eye
I am bright and happy in the sun.
I can feel raindrops touch my pods.

Looking down
Feeling small
Feeling happy
Don't want to fall.
What if I fall on you?

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