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The Table and the Chair (Edward Lear)

One of my favourite verses for reading aloud (or reciting) to young children is Edward Lear’s “The Table and the Chair”. I, and my daughters, were so fond of it, that I long ago had it firmly fixed in memory, and have often drawn on it, when wanting something for a new listener with no book supply available to hand.

The only real disadvantage of this choice as a bedtime verse, for young girls who really did not want to retire, was that the closing line is so pointed – I was seldom allowed actually voice it. More usually, young hands would be marshalled just before we got there, to cover my mouth and so forestall the dreaded words “…..and toddled to their beds”.

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Introducing Grampa Bear

Grampa Bear, 2

As a child myself, I loved books and stories of all kinds, and responded with particular enthusiasm to poetry with a catchy rhythm. As the eldest child in a family of seven, I had an early introduction to sharing my favourite childhood stories and verses with younger children – my siblings – and made the acquaintance of other writers I had not known myself. Continue reading Introducing Grampa Bear