I love these little stories and poems. They weren’t watered down and censored like so many children’s stories today. I mean, what poem written for kids today tells us the Uncle will shoot the crows? What seems like animal cruelty today was just necessity of a farmer’s life. The Crow Crow, crow, though you wear … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 10 – The Crow and How a Dog Took in 'The Times'
Often, another theme in these books would be the songs to baby by the older, wiser, sibling, usually the sister. They are really cute, and I love the not-so-common (for today) names they use for the children, such as in our next poem. Bertha to Baby O little, little mother! I was once as small … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 3 – Bertha to Baby and Baby is Awake
Mr. Nobody is definitely one of the most famous of all children’s poems. I always thought there was something a tad creepy about it, which is probably why it has stayed with me all these years. It is a shining example of an unknown author that would find great acclaim if only we knew who … Continue reading Mr. Nobody and My Shadow
So this is what inspired me to create this blog! I read the entire first book of the 1961 edition of Childcraft last night, and I decided to start this blog for fun. If you ever get your hands on some, I would strongly advise you to do so. The artwork is so beautiful; obviously … Continue reading Childcraft: Poems of Early Childhood and Eugene Field
Let’s talk about those carefree days as a child when our greatest excitement was the music of the ice cream man coming down the street…. and the hand games we used to play on the playground…. (remember Miss Mary Mack and her silver buttons? ) The way your imagination soared (maybe still does!) when you … Continue reading That fairyland of childhood…