Here is a fun little poem from Easy To Read Story Book, published by McLoughlin Brothers, Inc. It’s from the 20s, I believe, as there is no publishing date. I know it is at least 1920 because that is when they sold to Milton Bradley, and McLoughlin Brothers moved to Springfield, Mass., the publishing location. It looks very 1920s on the cover.
When We Had A Picnic.
The lambs were in the fields at play,
The sun-beams were so bright;
The lit-tle bird-ies sang that day
Out in the fair spring light.
‘Twas Win-nie’s birth-day, so we went
To call for Jack and Guy;
And such a hap-py time we spent—
Guy, Winnie, Jack, and I!
Jack told us of Red Rid-ing Hood,
And that great wolf in bed;
And e-ven Guy was still and good,
And “Tell us more!” he said.
The geese came close the tale to hear,
The sheep seemed lis-ten-ing too—
When pic-nic time a-gain is near,
Shall we four call for you?
When I finished reading the poem, my first thoughts were in answer to the question — Yes! Yes! Yes! Don’t you wish you could be with these little ones on their fine picnic?