Poems In Praise of Practically Nothing (1928) by Samuel Hoffenstein ⭐⭐ It’s a collection of poems, and I give it a two star rating, because given the size of the book, I didn’t like enough of the rhymes to give it more stars. It’s an unremarkable poem book with some mildly interesting wit, and I kind … Continue reading Poems In Praise of Practically Nothing
Another from Songs of Childhood, 1923. One of my very favorite poets ever ever ever is Eugene Field, and he wrote the words to this one. TOYLAND Oh, how do you get to Toyland, Of all little ones the joyland? Just follow your nose, And go on tip-toes; It’s only a minute to Toyland. And oh, … Continue reading Toyland
Whether you come from a place that snows in winter or not, you may be aware that winter and Christmas is often associated with snow. I thought it would be fun to include winter-and-Christmas-centered poems and stories this month. I even have some neat children’s songs coming up! The following cute stories and poems come … Continue reading Snow!
Because these two pages are in a different format, it is certain that the following nursery rhymes are not from our book Joyous Times. Nevertheless, I will reproduce them here. I don’t think I’ve heard the full version of the first one, and I definitely have never heard the second one. The third is one I … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 18 : Three Nursery Rhymes
Our next story is all about the amazing spider. I actually learned something about spiders that I didn’t know from this story! The Spider I will tell you what my little niece Mary found out about the spider. She learned it all from books, and told it to me as I now tell it to … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 13: The Spider and The Birds' Party
Summer will soon be over. Sad, I know! Here is another poem pertaining to the field. It seems like a simple, quiet life, doesn’t it? Autumn Days Autumn Days are pleasant: When the men are reaping; When the air is still and mild, And the clouds seem sleeping. Then we happy children All run out … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 11: Autumn Days and How Tom Will Not Scratch Baby
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'
I’m not really sure of the point of this story. To teach children that life can be cruel? Maybe it is to remind the parent to be attentive. Nonetheless, I post this oddity. The Story of Little Benjamin How He Began Life.–His Sad Fate. Once there was a little chicken; and he woke up one … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 6 – The Story of Little Benjamin and Watching by the Cradle
You can almost hear the rain on the window, reading this poem. Can you smell the mixture of fresh rain and dirt? Can you picture the three of them snug in front of the fireplace? I can! The Rain Drip, drip, drop, That is the song of the rain: When will it ever stop, And the … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 5 – The Rain and Mary and the Birds
Here is a kind of children’s poem you don’t see nowadays. It’s a sweet prayer, and I think it should be used again! I’m glad to be able to share the things I love with the world so others may enjoy them, also. Nora’s Hymn Keep me, Lord, from harm secure; Keep me watchful, keep … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 4 – Nora's Hymn and The Two Cakes