"Where's his supper--I asked Malachi what it could be. He didn't understand my question so I rephrased it and asked, "What is in a shell that a squirrel eats?"
In the shell,
Out it fell!"
Malachi giggled and answered, "A turtle?"
I read the ending again, trying to be patient. Malachi said this time, "A snapping turtle?"
Oh boy...I figured I was trying too hard. Clearly he was only hearing the first part of my question, "What is in a shell..." Nearing exhasperation, I simplified my question, "What do squirrels eat?"
He said confidently, "Nuts!"
I read the poem again, and I think he finally got it. Some days I am just SO not equipped to be a teacher. :)