Does Anyone Know a Story about Chatter Chin?

I received this question in my email recently:

I am trying to remember a story or poem from my childhood in the early 60s about a talkative little girl who got the nickname Chatter Chin. I have tried googling it without any luck. Can you help?

If anyone can help, please comment below.


Mama Lisa

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10 Responses to “Does Anyone Know a Story about Chatter Chin?”

  1. Cherie Says:

    I remember a poem from THE JOLLY JINGLE BOOK called “Chatter Chin” Itr goes something like this:
    Everyday when I come in, I hear my little chatter chin
    chatter this and chatter that
    First the dog and then the cat
    Yarns she picked up from the cook
    Stories from her fairy book
    Questions wiser than she know
    How the honeysuckle grows
    Why the firefly has light
    Why the moon comes out at night
    What keeps birds up in the air
    What makes people have red hair
    I give up when you begin
    Little chatter chatter chin

  2. Cathy Hicks Kennard Says:


    Cherie was right, and I have the book right here. The Jolly Jingle Picture Book, published first in 1926. The one I have was given to my father for his 2nd birthday in 1942. Here’s the full poem:

    Chatter Chin

    Every day when I come in
    I hear our little Chatter Chin
    Chatter this and chatter that;
    First the dog and then the
    Yarns she picks up from the cook,
    Stories from a fairy book,
    Questions, wiser that she
    How the honeysuckle grows,
    Why the firefly has a light,
    Why the moon comes out
    at night,
    What keeps birds up in the
    What makes people have
    red hair.
    I give up when you begin,
    Little Chatter, Chatter Chin.

    My grandmother used to read this book to my brother and me all the time. We called it the Grandmother book.


  3. John Says:

    Boy does that take me back!

  4. Stephanie Bradley Says:

    Same book, what is the one about the banyan tree? I had all of those memorized when I was little, but now they are there in the back of my mind in a patchwork quilt. I went to a natural history museum yesterday with a ‘banyan tree” and that poem played in the back of my head, but I could NOT recall the whole thing.

  5. Cherie Says:

    The Banyan Tree
    A little yellow monkey in a banyan tree
    One morning got the giggles going tee-hee-hee
    He tittered all the morning as silly as could be
    He snickered all the evening going tee-hee-hee
    And then he went to snoozing in the banyan tree
    And dreamed that all the fishes in the bright, blue sea
    Were dancing on the breakers going tee-hee-hee

    Also from the Jolly Jingle book

  6. Cynthia Says:

    I had that book as child and would like to find a copy of it.

  7. Joe Dunn Says:

    I was born in 1934, and remember my Mom reading this poem to me an older brother and a younger sister. I also remember the illustrations in this book. I don’t know what happened to the book, and would have loved to have been able to read it to my own children and grandchildren. Thanks for sharing this fun poem from the “Jolly Jingle book.” JD

    By the way, has anyone heard of “The First Story of the Whale” It was written and illustrated by Harry Clark, and published by Houghton Mifflin Co. in1938. I have not been able to locate extra copies for my family. It was a favorite of mine, and a favorite of my children.

  8. Lisa Says:

    The Jolly Jingle Book is available used on Amazon.

    The First Story of the Whale by Harry Clark is on Amazon too – but it’s very expensive.

  9. Allyn Says:

    I have my copy also given to me in 1942. My favorite poem was When the Clipper Came In
    One early influence that led to lifelong travel.

  10. James Says:

    you can borrow and read the book for an hour at a time from

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