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Children’s Rebus: Who Ate the Cactus?

on April 5, 2022
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What is a rebus? According to Meriam-Webster Dictionary:

Definition of rebus

“a representation of words or syllables by pictures of objects or by symbols whose names resemble the intended words or syllables in sound; also a riddle made up of such pictures or symbols.”

Highlights for Children is a children’s magazine which includes a rebus in nearly every issue.


by Dawn Pisturino

       ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿพ and ๐Ÿ‘ง are visiting a ๐ŸŒต garden in Arizona.  The ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒต bloom ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน, ๐Ÿ’, and ๐ŸŒบ in the spring.

       The ๐Ÿ’ are pretty.  But something is wrong.  The ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒต are full of holes.  ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿพ sees big ๐Ÿฆท๐Ÿฆท marks along the sides.

       โ€œWho ate the ๐ŸŒต ?โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿพ asks.

       โ€œA big red ๐Ÿฆ,โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ง says.

       โ€œNah, ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ donโ€™t have ๐Ÿฆท๐Ÿฆท.โ€

       โ€œA slinky green ๐ŸฆŽ,โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ง says.

       โ€œNope, ๐ŸฆŽ๐ŸฆŽ are too small.โ€

       โ€œHow about a ๐Ÿฆˆ?โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ง says, laughing.

       Suddenly, two long gray ears pop up from the center of the ๐ŸŒต patch.  A huge๐Ÿฐ leaps out and runs away.

       โ€œWait!  There goes your answer!โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ง chuckles.

       ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿพ agrees.

Dawn Pisturino

October 17, 2012; April 5, 2022

Copyright 2012-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


14 responses to “Children’s Rebus: Who Ate the Cactus?

  1. Neal Saye says:

    Love it. Brings back memories. My ex-wife and I loved Highlight magazine with both our daughters.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Meena Green says:

    This was so cute!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. elvira797mx says:

    So beautiful and cute! Thank’s for share dear Dawn.
    Have a lovely time!
    Keep well.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Soooo Bugs Bunny at the cactus eh??? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ˜ฒ LOL What a cute and fun story, not just for children either Dawn. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This certainly enhances what they see, what they imagine, and what they create! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒŸ

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    A cute rebus, Dawn. It must have taken some patience to create this.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Dear Dawn,

    Was it the Easter ๐Ÿฐ who fed on the ๐ŸŒต patch?

    Yours sincerely,

    Liked by 2 people

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