I read the poem.
He told me it rhymed.
I asked if he could hear anything different in the t-words.
I then asked....do you know what a ptarmigan is?
It's a bird bud. Lives in the north.
So they don't like to sit in trees mom?
I asked him to come over and look at the poem with me and tell what what is odd about the poem. Could he even read it?
It took him two readings to figure it out.
"MOM! Why do they keep adding those "P's" to the words with the letter T?
Don't they know how confusing that is?"
Hmm... I said... looking at him and smiling... what do you think the point of the poem is?
"The P is useless mom".
Yup... in these words the P is pretty useless. Good point eh?
"That makes it a silly poem mom" and he walked away shaking his head and smiling.
A good thing that is it not? Especially on a day when everyone is tired.
It's a ground dwelling bird, the smallest of the grouse family. It resides permanently in the alpine regions and is an herbivores, eating leaves, seeds, buds etc.
It has a brown summer plumage and a white winter one.
They form single season monogamous relationship, the male guarding the female over a shallow scrape in the ground with 2-8 chicks being born per clutch.
So indeed...as the poem says.. they don't like to sit in trees. :)