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A Smile
Jez Alborough


Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling, too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized,
I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about my smile and then
I realized its worth.
A single smile like mine could travel
right around the earth.

If you feel a smile begin
don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick
and get the world infected.

From Shake Before Opening: A Crazy Cacophony of Verbal Tomfoolery Concocted for your Pleasure
(Hutchinson Children's Books, an imprint of the Random Century Group Ltd., 1991).
Used here with permission.




Jez Alborough is the author and illustrator of 48 picture books for children, including award winning titles such as Where’s My Teddy, Duck in ihe Truck and Hug. Born in London, where he still lives today, Jez enjoys  writing songs, playing guitar, and walking in nature. Learn more about him at



Post New Comment:
Such a delight poem! I smile at everybody--even now, behind my mask! :-)
Posted 05/30/2020 03:01 PM
Excellent choice for the times. Thank you for sharing!
Posted 05/28/2020 04:42 PM
Lori Levy:
Great idea!
Posted 05/28/2020 02:51 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Just watching the video and reading the clever wonderful poem put a smile on my face. Thanks Jayne and Jez for cheering us all up. No matter what age, we are all kids at heart.
Posted 05/28/2020 10:38 AM
Wonderful rhyme fir all if us, especially children.
Posted 05/28/2020 10:15 AM
Jez has a fantastic website! Lots of fun things to show my grandchildren and interesting articles to read about his writing process.
Posted 05/28/2020 09:57 AM
Beautifully written. Worthy of prime space on the door of the refrigerator
Posted 05/28/2020 09:40 AM
Wonderful. Thank you. I'm smiling. Randy
Posted 05/28/2020 08:37 AM
michael escoubas:
Delightful!! Jez may have begun a pandemic with this one. Let's hope so!!
Posted 05/28/2020 08:30 AM
Larry Schug:
Wear a face mask and smile with your eyes! Such is 2020.
Posted 05/28/2020 07:17 AM

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