Tea For The Little People

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This is in the December 1949 magazine “American Childhood”. The magazine is subtitled “The Modern Magazine for the Primary Teacher.” Published by Milton Bradley, this magazine was for teachers, and had articles about children in the classroom, and how to treat a primary school student. Here’s a cute little poem that I thought was good for our first day.

Tea for the Little People
Sheila Stinson

Last night when all was dark and still
The wee folks came far down the hill;
With many a quick glance all around
Deciding they mustn’t make a sound.

The folks within the big house slept,
And so the little people crept
Across the lawn where tall oak trees
Rattled their bare limbs in the breeze.

Then quickly and with impish glee
They gathered acorns, hurriedly,
And filled their pockets with delight,
Then ran off swiftly in the night.

You see, their need was really great,
Their dishes had grown scarce of late,
And so, the wisest one of all
Had said, “Let’s hunt an oak tree tall,”

There we shall find an acorn cup
For each of us, with which to sup;
From underneath that big oak tree,
We’ll all get cups to drink our tea.

So back they ran beyond the hill
To wait for Jack Frost, cold and chill,
To blow his breath, knowing that he
Was powerless when they had hot tea.

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