A Poem by Jack Prelutsky on His Birthday

Jack Prelutsky was born September 8, 1940, in Brooklyn, NY. American poet and singer-songwriter, most often writing for children, he has published over 50 poetry collections. Before becoming a writer, he worked odd jobs including driving a cab, moving furniture, busboy, potter, woodworker, and door-to-door salesman. Prelutsky was appointed as the first U.S. Children’s Laureate by the Poetry Foundation (2006-2008).

To read his poem “If Not for the Cat” click:


Cat and cheese


If Not for the Cat

by Jack Prelutsky

If not for the cat,
And the scarcity of cheese,
I could be content.


“If Not for the Cat” from If Not for the Cat, © 2004 by Jack Prelutsky – Greenwillow Books

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1 Response to A Poem by Jack Prelutsky on His Birthday

  1. I shared many a Jack Prelutsky poem with my young students over the years!

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