Category Archives: Rhymes

TWO LEGS

Two legs sat upon three legs

With one leg in his lap

In comes four legs

And runs away with one leg

Up jumps two legs

Picks up three legs

Throws it after four legs

And makes him bring one leg back

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MRS McTATS AND HER HOUSEFUL OF CATS

In a small cosy cottage

Lived Mrs McTats

She lived all alone

Except for one cat

Every morning she left

As the clock struck eight

“To market to market !

I mustn’t be late.”

She browsed through the market

And chose a plump fish

“For Abner and me

What a sumptuous dish !”

But when she got home

There came a scratch on the door

And in walked two cats

Was there room for two more ?

“Come in my sweet dears”

Said Mrs McTats

“I’m sure I’ve got room

For just two more cats

I’ll call you Basil

And Curly you’ll be

I only had one cat

But now I have three !”

The very next morning

Mrs McTats woke early

She stopped to pet Abner

And Basil and Curly

“To market to market !

I mustn’t be late

This chicken I think

Will surely taste great.”

But when she got home

There came a scratch on the door

And in walked three cats

Was there room for three more ?

“Come in my sweet dears”

Said Mrs McTats

“I think I’ve got room

For just three more cats

Now give me a moment

What shall your names be ?

You’re Dolly you’re Ernest

And Fuzzy makes three !”

The very next morning

Off went Mrs McTats

“What can I buy

For my six hungry cats ?”

“I’ve got it !” she said

“I’ll make a nice stew.”

So she carried home beef

And liver to brew

But back at home

There came a scratch on the door

And in walked four cats

Was there room for four more ?

“Come in my sweet dears”

Said Mrs McTats

“Ten’s a fine number

Ten cats and me

I’ll call you Codie

And Herman you”ll be”

Izzy and Jezebel

Pranced ‘cross the floor

And then right behind them

Followed five more

“Koko and Lynus

Millie Noreen

And you shall be Oscar

There that makes fifteen !”

The very next day

Off went Mrs McTats

“What can I possibly

Feed fifteen cats ?”

She chose a fresh tuna

She chose a fine trout

But when she got home

Her cats were all out !

She counted her cats

From one to fifteen

But somehow six more cats

Had just joined the scene

“Come come my sweet dears”

Said Mrs McTats

“I’m sure I have plenty

For twenty one cats

Pip Quip and Rosebud

Sally and Toetsie Ursula dear

Do make yourself cosy”

But then came another

Scratch on the door

Could it be more cats ?

How many more ?

In came Violet

In came Winnie

And just behind

A cat she named Xinnie

In came Yodel

The last of the bunch

Twenty five cats

Ready for lunch !

But something was missing

What could it be ?

Just what it was

Mrs McTats could not see

As she stood there puzzling

There was a scratch on the door

And Mrs McTats wondered

Could there really be more ?

Could she squeeze in more cats ?

More than twenty five ?

Who was the one

The next to arrive ?

“Come in my sweet dear”

Said Mrs McTats

“I live in this cottage with

Twenty five cats

But if you don’t mind

You’re welcome to stay

You’re welcome to eat

You’re welcome to play”

Now in that small cottage

Lives Mrs McTats

All happy and cosy with her

Twenty five cats

And one little puppy

Who’s known as Zoom

In a small cosy cottage

With plenty of room

And just when the clock

Strikes each morning at eight

Mrs McTats hurries off

“I mustn’t be late !

To market to market !

What treats will there be ?

For twenty six dears

From A to Z !”

(Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli)

THE SINGING MERMAID

Did you ever go to Silversands

On a sunny summer’s day ?

Then perhaps you saw the mermaid

Who sang in the deep blue bay

She sang to the fish in the ocean

To the haddock the hake and the ling

And they flashed their scales and swished their tales

To hear the mermaid sing

And sometimes the singing mermaid

Swam in the silvery shore

She sat and combed her golden hair

And then she sang some more

She sang to the cockles and mussels

She sang to the birds on the wing

And the seashells clapped and the seagulls flapped

To hear the mermaid sing

When Sam Sly’s circus came to town

Sam took a stroll by the sea

He heard the mermaid singing

And he rubbed his hands with glee

He said “I can make you famous

I can make you rich” said he

“You shall swim in a pool of marble

And sleep on a fine feather bed

You shall sing for the lords and the ladies

You shall sing for the Queen and the King

And young and old will pay good gold

To hear the mermaid sing”

“Don’t go ! Don’t go !” cried the seagulls

And the seashells warned “He lies”

But the mermaid listened to old Sam Sly

And smiled as she waved her goodbyes

And he took her away to the circus

And she sang to the crowds round the ring

And “More ! More ! More !” came the deafening roar

When they heard the mermaid sing

Now the mermaid shared a caravan

With Annie the acrobat

And Ding and Dong the circus dogs

And Bella the circus cat

And she made good friends with the jugglers

And the man who swallowed fire

And the clown with the tumbledown trousers

And the woman who walked on wire

But she wasn’t friends with old Sam Sly

No she didn’t care for him

For he made her live in a fish tank

Where there wasn’t room to swim

And there was no pool of marble

There was no feather bed

And when she begged him “Set me free !”

He laughed and shook his head

All summer long the circus toured

All autumn winter spring

And many a crowd cheered long and loud

To hear the mermaid sing

But the mermaid dreamed of  Silversands

And she longed for the deep blue sea

And her songs grew sad and again she said

“I beg you set me free”

But again he laughed and shook his head

And he told her “No such thing

Here you will stay while people pay

To hear the mermaid sing”

At Silversands a seagull

Was flying to to his nest

When on the breeze he heard a song

The song which he loved best

And he followed the song to the caravan

Sam Sly was about to lock it

The seagull watched as he turned the key

And slipped it into his pocket

The seagull waited until Sam had gone

The he perched on the windowsill

And tap-tap-tap at the window

He tapped with his yellow bill

“Come back ! Come back to Silversands

It’s only a mile away

I can find the key and set you free

If you’ll come home to the bay”

“Escape !” barked the dogs

“Escape !” miaowed the cats

But the mermaid sighed “I’d fail

For how could I walk to Silversands

When I only have a tail?”

“Like this !” cried Annie the acrobat

And she stood upon her hands

“This is the way the only way

To get to Silversands

Right hand left hand tail up high

There’s really nothing to it

If I give you lessons every night

You’ll soon learn how to do it”

Next week while Sam was snoring

The seagull stole the key

He carried it off to the caravan

And set the mermaid free

And he flew ahead to guide her

As she walked upon her hands

All along the moonlit road

That led to Silversands

And the creatures on the seashore

And the fish beneath the foam

Jumped and splashed and danced with joy

To have their mermaid home

And she sang to the cockles and mussels

She sang to the birds on the wing

And the seashells clapped and the seagulls flapped

To hear the mermaid sing

And if you go down to Silversands

And swim in the bay of blue

Perhaps you’ll see the mermaid

And perhaps she’ll sing for you

(Written by Julia Donaldson)

THESE TWO CHILDREN

There were these two children

And they were in bed

And it was

Time they were asleep

But they were making a huge noise

Shouting yelling and screaming

Look at me

Look at you

Let’s go mad

Yes ! Let’s go mad

Their Dad heard them

And he shouted up to them

Stop the noise

Stop the noise

If you don’t stop the noise

I’m coming upstairs

And I’ll give you

A bit of real touble

Everything went quiet

A few minutes later

One of the children called out

Dad ! Dad !

When you come up

To give us a bit of real trouble

Can you bring us up

A drink of water as well

(Written by Michael Rosen)