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A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book One by  Ada M. Skinner and Frances Gillespy Wickes

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A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book One
by Ada Skinner
First volume of A Child's Own Book of Verse, a three-volume set planned for use during the four primary years. This unusually fine collection of poetry was selected with the child's interests in mind. Includes sound rhymes and jingles to appeal to the ear, descriptive poems to create images in the mind's eye, lullabies and lyrics to warm the heart, and story-telling poems to stir the imagination. Attractively illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham.  Ages 5-8
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WHO STOLE THE BIRD'S NEST

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"Tu-whit! Tu-whit! Tu-whee!

Will you listen to me?

Who stole four eggs I laid,

And the nice nest I made?"


"Not I," said the cow, "Moo-oo!

Such a thing I'd never do,

I gave you a wisp of hay,

But didn't take your nest away.

Not I," said the cow, "Moo-oo!

Such a thing I'd never do."


"Tu-whit! Tu-whit! Tu-whee!

Will you listen to me?

Who stole four eggs I laid,

And the nice nest I made?"


"Not I," said the dog, "Bow-wow!

I'm not so mean anyhow!

I gave hairs the nest to make,

But the nest I did not take.

Not I," said the dog, "Bow-wow!

I'm not so mean, I vow."


"Tu-whit! Tu-whit! Tu-whee!

Will you listen to me?

Who stole four eggs I laid,

And the nice nest I made?"


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"Coo-coo! Coo-coo! Coo-coo!

Let me speak a few words too!

Who stole that pretty nest

From poor little yellowbreast?"


"Not I," said the sheep, "Oh, no!

I wouldn't treat a poor bird so.

I gave wool the nest to line,

But the nest was none of mine.

Baa! Baa!" said the sheep, "Oh, no!

I wouldn't treat a poor bird so."


"Tu-whit! Tu-whit! Tu-whee!

Will you listen to me?

Who stole four eggs I laid,

And the nice nest I made?"


"Coo-coo! Coo-coo! Coo-coo!

Let me speak a few words too!

Who stole that pretty nest

From poor little yellowbreast?"


"Caw! Caw!" cried the crow;

"I too should like to know

What thief took away

A bird's nest to-day?"


"Cluck! Cluck!" said the hen;

"Don't ask me again.

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Why, I haven't a chick

Would do such a trick.

We all gave her a feather,

And she wove them together.

I'd scorn to intrude

On her and her brood.

Cluck! Cluck!" said the hen;

"Don't ask me again."


"Chirr-a-whirr! Chirr-a-whirr!

All the birds make a stir!

Let us find out his name,

And all cry, 'For shame!' "


"I would not rob a bird,"

Said little Mary Green;

"I think I never heard

Of anything so mean."


"It is very cruel, too,"

Said little Alice Neal;

"I wonder if he knew

How sad the birds would feel?"


A little boy hung down his head,

And went and hid behind the bed;

For he  stole that pretty nest

From poor little yellowbreast;

And he felt so full of shame,

He didn't like to tell his name.





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