Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

A Pizza the Size of the Sun

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How to Read a Poem

by Jack Prelutsky

I’m making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that’s sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.

I’m topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,
with acres of peppers, pimentos, and peas,
with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,
with every last olive they had at the store.

My pizza is sure to be one of a kind,
my pizza will leave other pizzas behind,
my pizza will be a delectable treat
that all who love pizza are welcome to eat.

The oven is hot, I believe it will take
a year and a half for my pizza to bake.
I hardly can wait till my pizza is done,
my wonderful pizza the size of the sun.


  1. Practice reading the poem aloud to a partner, or read aloud with a partner, trying to keep voices in unison.  Remember to pause at the ends of lines, and use voice inflection.
  2. Tap out the poem's rhythm.
  3. Make up motions to do while you read the poem.
  4. How is a pizza like the sun?
  5. The phrases "oceans of sauce" and "mountains of cheese are examples of imagery. What is their purpose in this poem?
  6. Find the rhyming words.
  7. Find an example of alliteration.
  8. How does the author express the idea of a large number of olives?
  9. Why will the pizza take a year and a half to bake?
  10. What is the poet's purpose in writing this poem?
  11. Draw a picture to illustrate this poem.

Vocabulary Words


  1. Which word means "so bright it seems to glow?"
  2. Which word means "heavy?"
  3. Which word means "delicious?"

Ag in Poetry

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.