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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)

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WHAT DO YOU DO ?

Two for a crew

Two for a crew

What do you do with two for a crew ?

Sail !

Four at the shore

Four at the shore

What do you do with four at the shore ?

Swim !

Six on the bricks

Six on the bricks

What do you do with six on the bricks ?

Fly !

Eight in a crate

Eight in a crate

What do you do with eight in a crate ?

Run !

Ten in a den

Ten in a den

What do you do with ten in a den ?

Sleep !

Twelve by themselves

Twelve by themselves

What do you do with twelve by themselves ?

Waddle !

All you really  have to do is practice how to count by twos

2  4  6  8  10  and 12 !

(Written by Suzanne Hardin and illustrated by Bay Mathis)

TEN BOLD PIRATES

Ten bold pirates

All ship shape

Two got sea sick

And that left eight

Eight bold pirates

Up to their tricks

Two met a shark

And that left six

Six bold pirates

Tired of being poor

Two found treasure

And that left four

Four bold pirates

Feeling blue

Two swam home again

And that left two

Two bold pirates

Drinking rum

They fell asleep

And that left none

(Written by Celia Warren)

 

LENNY’S LOST SPOTS

Lenny was a ladybird

He was red with black spots

In the morning Lenny counted his spots

One two three four five six

But in the afternoon Lenny said

Where are my spots ?

Where have they gone ?

This morning I had six but now I have none

Lenny looked once

Lenny looked twice

He thought his spots were on some dice

But he was wrong

Lenny looked down

Lenny looked up

He thought his spots were on a pup

But he was wrong

Lenny looked high

Lenny looked low

He thought his spots were on a bow

But he was wrong

Lenny looked here

Lenny looked there

He thought his spots were on a chair

But he was wrong

Lenny looked near

Lenny looked far

He thought his spots were on a car

But he was wrong

Lenny looked left

Lenny looked right

He thought his spots were on a kite

But he was wrong

Lenny went out in the rain

He said

My spots are back again !

And he was right.

(Written by Celia Warren)

ONE IS A SNAIL TEN IS A CRAB

1 is a snail

2 is a person

3 is a person and a snail

4 is a dog

5 is a dog and a snail

6 is an insect

7 is an insect and a snail

8 is a spider

9 is a spider and a snail

10 is a crab

And that means

20 is two crabs

30 is three crabs

Or ten people and a crab

40 is four crabs

Or ten dogs

50 is five crabs

Or ten dogs and a crab

60 is six crabs

Or ten insects

70 is seven crabs

Or ten insects and a crab

80 is eight crabs

Or ten spiders

90 is nine crabs

Or ten spiders and a crab

So 100 is ten crabs

Or if you’re really counting slowly

One hundred snails !

(Written by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre and illustrated by Randy Cecil)

Crabs have ten feet. Their front two feet also have a second job as claws