Tillie the Goose

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Tillie the Goose

by Serena, flickr

Tillie the Goose had a new pair of shoes
With gleaming bold stars in deep shades of blues
She’d sit on the ground with her feet in the air
Of all of her shoes the loveliest pair

Dreaming of things she could do when she wore
Them out of her house, right out of the door
Like sliding on ice or kicking a stone
They’d keep her feet dry in the grass overgrown

Skipping along would be fun in them too
And she’d run really fast she certainly knew
Jumping real high would be easy, she smiled
Which would make it handy if you lived in the wild

To twirl on her toes as she danced by the stream
Like in the ballet was her most favorite dream
She’d tap them together, first the toes then the heals
And then squeal with a laugh as she liked how it feels

At the end of the day, the sun low in the sky
She takes them off slowly with a gleam in her eye
And thinks of tomorrow and what she might do
With such pretty shoes so sparklingly new

-Written by Rose McFarland

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The Grandfather Clock

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Clock Face

by Nancy, flickr, cartooned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In the big old house at the end of the block
Far in the corner was a Grandfather Clock
Walking by you’d hear tick, tock and chime
As it faithfully wound on to tell you the time

The GiggleTocks on the street used it to know
When they should come and when they should go
To keep their appointments and cook their noon meal
It rich and deep sound was its great appeal

GiggleTocks

The GiggleTocks

Then one day the GiggleTocks had a great shock
When they heard not a noise, not a tick or a tock
Not a chime or a gong or the whir of a gear
No sound could be heard, no sound could they hear

Suddenly, everything went very wrong
When all of the GiggleTocks slept in to long
They were late for work or their cake they did burn
For without the clocks chime it was a concern

One day a repair man came up to the door
With a satchel of tools and an oath he then swore
To fix the grandfather clock so it would run
For someone had wound it too tightly, had spun

Then he tinkered and jiggled and pulled at its cords
He adjusted its face and line up all the boards
With a key from his pocket he reset the clock
And all gathered round who lived on the block

Grandfather Clock Key

by Jim Hammer, flickr, cartooned

The GiggleTocks silently stood by the house
No sound could be heard not even a mouse
Each holding their breath they waited to hear
And then the clock chimed they started to cheer

They jumped up and down and cried with delight
And soon were so glad they forgot all their fright
Time was now back on its schedule, you know
And the GiggleTocks knew when to come and to go

-Written by Rose McFarland

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Eddie the Elephant

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Cartoon Elephant

by frankes, openclipart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie the elephant climbed up a tree
Wanting to know just how far he might see
Could he find Billy Jack’s farm near the stream
Where he would go when he needed fresh cream

What about Jasper, his best friend from youth
A tiger with orange stripes and very long toothed
He always would lounge lazily in the sun
Before he would take his long morning run

Could he see Freddie hop in the tall grass
A bunny with long ears and quite full of class
For he wore a ribbon of gold and deep blue
Where he had found it Eddie hadn’t a clue

Maybe if he looked hard he’d see Ricky the snake
Who loved to cook and especially bake
Cookies and brownies while he hissed a bright song
One Eddie had liked and he’d soon sing along

One thing he wanted to see above all the rest
Was Vikki the turtle dove up high in her nest
He wished he had a bed as comfy as hers
Maybe lined with pillows and very soft furs

Then a sound reached Eddie that gave him a frown
As the branch he was perched on began to fall down
But to his amazement the fall didn’t hurt
He plopped in a hay stack made by his friend Curt

To Eddie’s dismay he was back on the ground
And up strode Victor an old basset hound
They looked at each other for a very long while
Eddie started to laugh with a very wide smile

–  Written by Rose McFarland

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Naming the Five Senses

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© woodleywonderworks, flickr

Turtle jump, once or twice
Turn around and chase the mice
You never know what you might SEE
A daisy bright or a bumblebee

Kitty cat, meow and purr
What’s that SMELL you can’t be sure
Chocolate milk or pumpkin pie
Let’s go check and don’t be shy

Fish swim back, to and fro
Never sure where they should go
TOUCH a shell on the ocean floor
Round and smooth lets hunt for more

Birds may dive or soar up high
HEARING sounds that loudly cry
Whistle back and sing along
The hoot owl has a crazy song

Little Pigs who like to eat
Search around for a special treat
The TASTE of rinds makes them squeal
I want more of that apple peel

HEARING, TASTE, TOUCH and SMELL
Are just four senses good and well
Don’t forget, there’s one more yet
SIGHT’S the fifth and now were set

                            -Written by Rose McFarland

 

 

 

 

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