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These are the gifts that I would if I could give to you, by Holly

Holly recently enjoyed a poetry workshop at her school, run by Oxfordshire-based poet James Carter. (You can read about him at his website:

The children were asked to write a poem based on the sentiment: ‘These are the gifts that I would, if I could, give to you’ and this is Holly’s composition – we absolutely loved it.


For my Mummy and Daddy:

These are the gifts that

I would

if I could

give to you.


The golden key to an ocean of peace

A life so crystal clear you can see right through it,

The colours bottled up in a jar ready to spill out,

The warmth of a flickering candle glowing in the night.


I would give you all the brightness of a sunflower.

I would give you the guidance of my hand.

I would give you all the time you want and need

And all the happiness the world possesses.


These are the gifts

That I would

If I could

Give to you.


By Holly Fratter


What gifts would you give to someone you love, if you could?



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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