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READING-LITERATURE: First Reader by  Harriette Taylor Treadwell and Margaret Free
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The Caterpillar

Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry;

Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk.


May no toad spy you,
May the little birds pass by you;

Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.


-Christina G. Rossetti.


Mix a Pancake

Mix a pancake,

Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan.


Fry a pancake,

Toss a pancake,
Catch it if you can.


-Christina G. Rossetti.


If a Pig Wore a Wig

If a pig wore a wig
What could we say?

Treat him as a gentleman
And say, "Good day."


If his tail chanced to fail,
What could we do?

Send for a tailoress
To get one new.


-Christina G. Rossetti.


[Illustration]

A Frisky Lamb

A frisky lamb

And a frisky child,

Playing their pranks
In a cowslip meadow:

The sky all blue

And the air all mild,

And the fields all sun
And the lanes half shadow.


-Christina G. Rossetti.

What They Do

What does the bee do?
Bring home honey.

What does Father do?
Bring home money.

And what does Mother do?
Lay out the money.

And what does Baby do?
Eat up the honey.


-Christina G. Rossetti.


The Lambkins

On the grassy banks,
Lambkins at their pranks;

Woolly sisters, woolly brothers
Jumping off their feet,

While their woolly mothers
Watch by them and bleat.


-Christina G. Rossetti.


[Illustration]

The Broken Doll

All the bells were ringing,

All the birds were singing,

When Molly sat down crying
For her broken doll.


O you silly Moll!

Sobbing and sighing
For a broken doll,

When all the bells are ringing,

And all the birds are singing.


-Christina G. Rossetti.


The Stars

What do the stars do
Up in the sky,

Higher than the wind can blow,
Or the clouds can fly?


-Christina G. Rossetti.


Wrens and Robins

Wrens and robins in the hedge,
Wrens and robins here and there;

Building, perching, pecking, fluttering
Everywhere!


-Christina G. Rossetti.


Sun-Loving Swallow

Fly away, fly away over the sea,

Sun-loving swallow, for summer is done;

Come again, come again, come back to me,

Bringing the summer and bringing the sun.


-Christina G. Rossetti.