The Polar Bear by John Summers


Lily and Thomas Semple, whose Dad (Neil Semple) works with us - as did their Mum (Lara Strongman) until recently - read John Summers's poem The Polar Bear.

So this one is for all of you in lockdown with children. Children who perhaps like Billy in this poem will not go to bed when they should. 

For handwashing purposes it's over a minute long, so perhaps ideal for washing a whole load of little hands in turn.

Neil Pardington Large Mammal Storage Bay #1, Canterbury Museum Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū; gift of the Minty-Pardington family, 2012