June 9th, 2017
“Ooey Gooey was a Worm” is a great poem for little kids to learn and recite. The words are as follows: Oooey gooey was a worm And a mighty worm was he He sat upon a railroad track And a train he did not see, Oooey Gooey! You can hear it recited in the video […]
July 14th, 2013
Here’s the poem The Gossamer Spider by Charlotte M. Yonge with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Gossamer Spider The Gossamer Spider Creature no bigger than a pin, Most wonderful of all that spin, An acrobatic fairy. Nay, what rope dancer from himself Can draw his lines, like this small elf, Marking his progress […]
December 13th, 2012
MP3 of Twinkling Bugs (Recording of 1st & 3rd Verses) Twinkling Bugs When the sun sinks under the world’s red rim, And the river fades till its shores are dim. And the trees are dark where the shadows lie, Then they go by, By, By– The twinkling bugs go by. They trim […]
December 12th, 2012
Here’s the poem, An Explanation Of The Grasshopper by American poet, Vachell Lindsay (1879 – 1931). You can listen to an mp3 recording of it below. Note that a Brownie is an elf who secretly helps with chores in the middle of the night. I need one of those. MP3 of An Explanation of the […]
July 8th, 2012
Cocoon above! Cocoon below! is a poem by Emily Dickinson. Below you can listen to it while reading along… MP3 of Cocoon above! Cocoon below! Cocoon Above! Cocoon Below! Cocoon above! Cocoon below! Stealthy Cocoon, why hide you so What all the world suspect? An hour, and gay on every tree Your secret, perched in […]
May 29th, 2012
Mosquitoes are on my mind since I was bitten by one today! So I thought it would be fitting to post a poem about a mosquito… Here’s A Mosquito Triolet by Aristine Anderson. A Triolet is an 8 line poem with a rhyme scheme of ABaAabAB. The poem’s 1st, 4th and 7th lines are identical, […]
April 17th, 2012
Where the Bee Sucks is from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. In the play, it’s sung by the fairy spirit Ariel. You can read this lovely song below and listen along to two different renditions of it – one recited, the other sung. Where The Bee Sucks (Shakespeare) Where the bee sucks, there suck I: In […]
October 21st, 2011
Here’s the French poem Papillons roux (Russet Butterflies) by Louis Codet (1876-1914). It’s about two little butterflies in Autumn. Below you’ll find the French poem with a recording followed by an English translation. MP3 of Papillons roux Papillons roux Deux petits papillons roux tourbillonnent, tourbillonnent Deux petits papillons roux tourbillonnent dans l’air doux et tombe […]
September 25th, 2011
cric-ket cric-ket cric-ket the summer is almost over but where will they go? mp3 of cric-ket by lisa and lila
August 25th, 2011
MP3 Recording of The Worm The Worm by Ralph Bergengren (1871-1947) When the earth is turned in spring The worms are fat as anything. And birds come flying all around To eat the worms right off the ground. They like the worms just as much as I Like bread and milk and apple pie. And […]
August 9th, 2011
Brown and furry Caterpillar in a hurry, Take your walk To the shady leaf, or stalk, Or what not, Which may be the chosen spot. No toad spy you, Hovering bird of prey pass by you; Spin and die, To live again A butterfly. -Christina Georgina Rossetti
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