Working with the Poem
1. Answer the following questions.
(i) Pick out the line that suggests that the child is afraid of snakes.
Answer: - The line that suggests that the child is afraid of the line is – “I saw a snake and ran away.”
(ii) Which line shows a complete change of the child’s attitude towards snakes? Read it aloud.
Answer: - The line that shows a change in the thought of the child is – “I shall stand aside and watch him pass, and tell myself, “There’s no mistake, it’s just a harmless garden snake!”
(iii) “But mother says that kind is good...” What is mother referring to?
Answer: - When the poet’s mother got to know about the snake which made the poet afraid, she concluded and assured that the snake he encountered with, was harmless.
2. Find the word that refers to the snake’s movements in the grass.
Answer: -The word that refers to the snake’s movements in the grass is “wiggles”.
3. There are four pairs of rhyming words in the poem. Say them aloud.
Answer: - Away – Say
Good - Food
Grass - Pass
Mistake - Snake
4. A snake has no legs or feet, but it moves very fast. Can you guess how? Discuss in the group.
Answer: - A snake does not have any legs or feet, but it can move very fast. It can move faster only because it has strong scales and flexible muscles which help the snake to move on.
5. Can you recall the word used for a cobra’s long sharp teeth? Where did you come across this word first?
Answer: - Cobra’s long and sharp deadly teeth are like two bows or forks which are made to haunt you down. These are frightening to me. These are called fangs and these are like hollow tubes connected to a poisonous gland on either side. I came across these words as it looks very dangerous and sharp like knife.