The Grass House

The grass house
Is my private place.
Nobody can see me
In the grass house.
Feathery plumes
Meet over my head.
Down here,
In the green, there are:
And tiny little flowers.

Only the cat,
And some busy, hurrying ants
Know where my grass house is.

© Shirley Hughes, from Out and About (Walker Books, 1988)

from Out and About
by Shirley Hughes
(Walker Books, 1988)

Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes (1927–2022) illustrated more than 200 children’s books and is one of the best-loved writers for children. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and was awarded the OBE for her distinguished service to children’s literature. In 2007, Dogger was voted the UK’s favourite Kate Greenaway Medal-winning book of all time.