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THE PAPER DOLLS

There was once a girl who had tiger slippers

And a ceiling with stars on it

And a butterfly hairslide

Which she kept losing

And two goldfish

And a nice mother who helped

Her to make some paper dolls

They were Ticky and Tacky

And Jackie the Backie

And Jim with two noses

And Jo with the bow

And they danced and they jumped and they sang

And they met a dinosaur

Who clawed and roared

And said “I’m going to get you !”

But the paper dolls sang

“You can’t get us. O no no no !

We’re holding hands and we won’t let go

We’re Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie

And Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow”

And they jumped

Onto a bus

And rode to a farmyard and danced with the pigs

Then they lay on a rooftop and stared at the stars

Till a tiger slunk out of his den

And he crouched and he snarled

And said “I’ll leap up and catch you !”

But the paper dolls sang

“You can’t catch us,  O no no no !

We’re holding hands and we won’t let go

We’re Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie

And Jim with two noses  and Jo with the bow !”

And they floated down the stairs

And they danced around the honey pot

And kicked crumbs and explored an island

Till a fierce crocodile grinned his grin

And gnashed his teeth

And said “I’m coming to crunch you !”

But the paper dolls laughed and sang

“You can’t crunch us. O no no no !

We’re holding hands and we won”t let gp

We’re Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie

And Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow”

And they hopped into the garden

And they sniffed the flowers and chatted to a ladybird

And lay down in a forest of grass

But along came a boy with a pair of scissors

And he said “I’ll snip you !”

And he did

He snipped them into tiny little pieces

And he said “You’re gone for ever”

But the paper dolls sang

“We’re not gone. O no no no !

We’re holding hands and we won”t let go

We’re Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie

And Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow !”

And the pieces joined together and the paper dolls flew

Into the little girl’s memory

Where they found white mice and fireworks

And a starfish soap

and a kind granny

And the butterfly hairslide

And more and more lovely things each day

And each year

And the girl grew into a mother

Who helped her own little girl make some paper dolls

They were Poppy and Pinkie and Binky and Blinkie

And Fred with one eyebrow

And Flo with the bow

And they jumped and they danced and they sang

(Written by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb)

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FREDDIE AND THE FAIRY

Freddie found a fairy tangled in a tree

“Help I’m stuck !” the fairy cried

So Freddie set her free

“Thank you” said the fairy

“My name is Bessie-Belle

I’ll grant you all your wishes

Though I can’t hear very well”

Freddie thought then mumbled

“I wish I had a pet”

“Why so you shall” said Bessie-Belle

And conjured up a net

“I don’t want fish” said Freddie

“I’d rather have a dog”

“Hey presto !” said the fairy

And conjured up a frog

“Let”s try again” said Freddie

“I wish I had a cat”

“That’s easy” said the fairy and conjured up a bat

“I don’t like bats” said Freddie

“But what about a mouse ?”

“Lift up that stone !” the fairy said

And Freddie found a louse

“That isn’t right” said Freddie

“Let’s think. Perhaps a parrot ?”

“I’ll do my best” said Bessie -Belle

And conjured up a carrot

Freddie stamped his foot and said

“This carrot has no beak”

“Forgive me” said the fairy

And a tear rolled down her cheek

Just then from out of nowhere

Appeared the Fairy Queen

She dried the fairy’s eyes and asked

“Whatever does this mean ?”

“It’s Bessie-Belle” said Freddie

“She gets things wrong” he grumbled

“I’m sorry” said the fairy

“But that’s because you mumbled”

“Now Freddie” said the Fairy Queen

(She sounded kind but stern)

“Before you wish again, there are

Three rules for you to learn

Rule one : you mustn’t mumble

Rule two: don’t turn away

The fairy needs to read your lips

To read the words you say

Rule three: don’t cover up your mouth

She can’t see through your hand !

Obey these three gold rules and then

I’m sure she’ll understand”

So Freddie learnt the three gold rules

And now he speaks quite clearly

And everything he wishes for comes true

Or very nearly

(Written by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Karen George)

 

RABBIT’S NAP

Rabbit’s feeling sleepy she curls up in a chair

Tap ! Tap ! Who’s that ?

Oh dear ! it’s builder bear

Where can rabbit have her nap ? The window seat looks nice

Bang ! Clash ! Who’s that ?

Oh ! no ! A band of mice

Rabbit’s in her deckchair a doze would be so good

Whack ! Crack ! Who’s that ?

It’s fox he’s chopping wood

“A shady tree !” says rabbit. “The kind of spot I like”

Ting-a-ling ! Who’s that ?

Its’s tortoise on his bike

Poor tired rabbit goes back home she yawns and rubs her eyes

Rat-a-tat ! Who’s that ?

“Your friends with a suprize !”

“Hush-a-bunny ! Tra-la-la ! We’ll sing you off to sleep”

Zzzzz ! Zzzzz ! What’s that ?

Shall we have a peep ?

(Written by Julia Donaldson)

WINDY NIGHTS

Whenever the moon and stars are set

Whenever the wind is high

All night long in the dark and wet

A man goes riding by

Late in the night when the fires are out

Why does he gallop and gallop about ?

Whenever the trees are crying aloud

And ships are tossed at sea

By on the highway low and loud

By at the gallop goes he

By at the gallop he goes and then

By he comes back at the gallop again

(Written by Robert Louis Stevensen)

 

IF THE WORLD WAS CRAZY

If the world was crazy you know what I’d eat ?

A big slice of soup and a whole quart of meat

A lemonade sandwich and then I might try

Some roasted ice cream or a bicycle pie

A nice notebook salad an underwear roast

An omelette of hats and some crisp cardboard toast

A thick malted milk made from  pencils and daisies

And that’s what I’d eat if the world was crazy

If the world was crazy you know what I’d wear ?

A chocolate suit and a tie of eclair

Some marshmallow earmuffs some licorice shoes

And I’d read a paper of peppermint news

I’d call the boys Suzie and call the girls Harry

I’d talk through my ears and I always would carry

A paper umbrella for when it grew hazy

To keep in the rain if the world was crazy

If the world were crazy you know what I’d do ?

I’d walk on the ocean and swim in my shoe

I’d fly through the ground and skip through the air

I’d run down the bathtub and bathe on the stair

When I met somebody I’d say “G’bye Jo”

And when I was leaving the I’d say “Hello”

And the greatest of men would be silly and lazy

So I would be king if the world was crazy

 

 

IF ALL THE RAINDROPS

If all the raindrops

Were lemondrops and gumdrops

O what a rain that would be

Standing outside with my mouth open wide

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

If all the raindrops

Were lemondrops and gumdrops

O what a rain that would be

If all the snowflakes

Were candy bars and milkshakes

O what a snow that would be

Standing outside with my mouth open wide

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

If all the snowflakes

Were candy bars and milkshakes

O what a snow that would be

If all the sunbeams

Were bubblegum and ice cream

O what a sun that would be

Standing outside with my mouth open wide

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

If all the sunbeams were bubblegum and icecream

O what a sun that would be

 

THE JUMBLIES

They went to sea in a sieve they did

In a sieve they went to sea

In spite of all their friends could say

On a winter’s morn on a stormy day

In a sieve they went to sea !

And when the sieve turned round and round

And everyone cried “You’ll all be drowned !”

They called aloud “Our sieve ain’t big

But we don’t care a button !

We don’t care a fig !

In a sieve we’ll go to sea !”

Far and few far and few

Are the lands where the Jumblies live

Their heads are green and their hands are blue

And they went to sea in a sieve

They sailed away in a sieve they did

In a sieve they sailed so fast

With only a beautiful pea-green veil

Tied with a riband by way of a sail

To a small tobacco-pipe mast

And everyone said who saw them go

“O won’t they be soon upset you know !

For the sky is dark and the voyage is long

And happen what may it’s extremely wrong

In a sieve to sail so fast !”

Far and few far and few

Are the lands where the Jumblies live

Their heads are green and their hands are blue

And they went to sea in a sieve

The water it soon came in it did

The water it soon came in

So to keep them dry they wrapped their feet

In pinky paper all folded neat

And they fastened it down with a pin

And they passed the night in a crockery-jar

And each of them said “How wise we are !

Though the sky be dark and the voyage be long

Yet we never can think we were rash or wrong

While round in our sieve we spin !”

Far and few far and few

Are the lands where the Jumblies live

Their heads are green and their hands are blue

And they went to sea in a sieve

And all night long they sailed away

And when the sun went down

They whistled and warbled a moony song

To the echoing sound of the coppery gong

In the shade of the mountains brown

“O Timballo ! How happy we are

When we live in a sieve and a crockery-jar

And all night long in the moonlight pale

We sail away with a pea-green sail

In the shade of the mountain brown !”

Far and few far and few

Are the lands where the Jumblies live

Their heads are green and their hands are blue

And they went to sea in a sieve

They sailed to the Western Sea they did

To a land all covered with trees

And they bought an owl and a useful cart

And a pound of rice and a cranberry tart

And a hive of silvery bees

The bought a pig and some green jack-daws

And a lovely monkey with lollipop paws

And forty bottles of Ringo-Bo-Ree

And no end of Stilton cheese

Far and few far and few

Are the lands where the Jumblies live

Their heads are green and their hands are blue

And they went to sea in a sieve

And in twenty years they all came back

In twenty years or more

And every one said “How tall they’ve grown !

For they’ve been to the Lakes and the Torrible Zone

And the hills of the Chankly Bore.”

And they drank their health and gave them a feast

Of dumplings made of beautiful yeast

And every one said “If we only live

We too will go to sea in a sieve

To the hills of the Chankly Bore !”

Far and few far and few

Are the lands where the Jumblies live

Their heads are green and their hands are blue

And they went to sea in a sieve

(Written by Edward Lear)