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A Child's Own Book of Verse II by  Ada M. Skinner

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A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book Two
by Ada Skinner
Second 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 6-9
137 pages $8.95   

 

 

A FRIEND IN THE GARDEN

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He is not John the gardener,

And yet the whole day long

Employs himself most usefully,

The flower beds among.


He is not Tom the pussy-cat,

And yet the other day,

With stealthy stride and glistening eye,

He crept upon his prey.


He is not Dash the dear old dog,

And yet, perhaps, if you

Took pains with him and petted him,

You 'd come to love him too.


He 's not a Blackbird, though he chirps,

And though he once was black;

And now he wears a loose, gray coat,

All wrinkled on the back.


He 's got a very dirty face,

And very shining eyes;

He sometimes comes and sits indoors;

He looks—and p'r'aps is—wise.


But in a sunny flower bed

He has his fixed abode;

He eats the things that eat my plants—

He is a friendly TOAD.

—JULIANA HORATIA EWING.





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