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message 1: by Jaye (new)

Jaye I need some fun poems for a little kid.
We know about the cat in the hat and such, but go ahead and mention anything just in case.
rhyming rhyming rhyming.
we have a set of tiny board books that do it nicely but then you get to the last and it felt incomplete!
it hurt my stomach until i figured out i could make up any old last line i liked and the kid was still thrilled. even better, i never remember what i said from times before.
bottom line: i just want some fun stuff that we'll enjoy because i noticed it's her favorite stuff (the rhyming).
thanks for your help

message 2: by Tracey (new)

Tracey (stewartry) Oh, definitely When We Were Very Young!

James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don't go down with me."

message 3: by Peter (new)

Peter (peteepie) | 64 comments I'm from Rochester, MA
Your name is ____, my name is Jaye
I wish I might, I wish I may
Say hey, gidday, to you today

sorry, no suggestions
(gidday is australian for hello, you know)

message 4: by Yinzadi (new)

Yinzadi | 12 comments In no particular order, here's some engaging verse for children (other than Dr. Seuss) which I loved as a child or have read since then and thought was very good.

The Real Mother Goose, of course
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and the other books in the series
Each Peach Pear Plum
The 13 Clocks
A Small Child's Book Of Cozy Poems
Winter Poems
Goblin Market, though you might want to read it over first to see if it's too scary
The Song of Hiawatha, or excerpts. When I was little I loved the part where he built a canoe from the bark of a tree.
The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere
Some of the poems in 100 Favorite English and Irish Poems are very engaging (particularly when read fast), especially Sir Patrick Spens and The Destruction of Sennacherib.
The Madeline books
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and the other books in the series
Llama Llama Red Pajama and the other books in the series
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and the other books in the series
Today Is Monday in Louisiana
Everything by PD Eastman, especially Go, Dog. Go! and Sam and the Firefly
Is Your Mama A Llama?
Miss Mary Mack
My Truck is Stuck!
Put Me in the Zoo and I Want to Be Somebody New! (Beginner Books
I'm Tyrannosaurus!: A Book of Dinosaur Rhymes
No Fighting, No Biting!
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
The Teeny Tiny Woman
The Little Engine That Could
Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!
Baby Beluga
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Nutshell Library
Counting Crocodiles
The poetry of Shel Silverstein
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
Winter Wonderland
Silly Tilly
Bella: The Fairy Ball
A Child's Garden of Verses and the beautifully illustrated Leaves from a Child's Garden of Verses
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Moo Moo, Brown Cow
The Napping House
Heckedy Peg
Poetry Speaks to Children With CD

Hopefully some of those are along the lines of what you're looking for!

message 5: by Peter (new)

Peter (peteepie) | 64 comments how about
A Fly Went by

thump! thump!

message 6: by Jaye (new)

Jaye Thanks for all the suggestions.
holy moly Yinzadi, that's quite a list !
i've ordered a few from the library as a start to see which are favorites.
thanks again for the help !

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