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flow many miles 
rj to Babylon?" 

jhree score miles 
and ten!" 

Can /get there 
bu candle liyht?" ~%et^~\ 

y-lue! And back again.'" Jjl^ 


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Jhe lady bug and 

the burnie bee 
Caught a ride upon 
the hare. 

'aob be nimble 
Jack be guich. 

Went bouncing 
along ow a 
pogo stick. 

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(&t> Zfi& tiby. zS t&. Christmas Pair 

/Tfnd the wee UUle mouse 
u from, the hickory clock 
Scurried along with 
an empty sock. 

Litile 3oy Blue rode on a sleigh 

With an elephant pulling him all the may. 

•He the dame and 
hep' children in 
the shoe 

llknl skating 
along and 
got there 

CJ/ie folks of Mother Goose Town all were ihere. 
Laughing and singing at the Christmas Fair 

'Q/d King Cole and his 
fiddlers three 
Had trimmed a giant 
Chris/mas tree 


pkinny Jack Spratl. 

who would eat no /at. 

9/ad a rabbit trick 
hidden away in his hat. 


Tucker sang and the cat played /he fiddle. 

Careen of Hearts brought a cake with jam in the middle 

far/one brought her 
beavtlilul see saw. 

/he lax brought the crow 
and the crow went "Caw!" 

•g Cole's pa/ace was 
agleam with light, 
ft was indeed a most 
splendid sight. 

/he Pied Piper tootled away 

on his llute 
And the mice came running 

wilh cookies and Iruit 


~//ie barber who would 
shave a pig 

XlJenl prancing about \ 
and lost his ivig I "~ J 

^-Jom Tinker's Utile dog 
grabbed it on 
the run- 
All the animals followed 
to share the lun 

I looked in my cupboard. 
She finally said, 

And I finally found it 
And here il in -look! 

My wonderful, marvelous 
Riddling book!" 

"And down in this well-house 
And under the bed. 


Ok please let me vend 'one. 'Peter Piper said 
And here is the riddle Peter Piper read. 

"As 1 went through 
the garden gap. 

Who should 1 meet 
but Dick Redcap. 

A slick m 
►r^ his hand- ^ stone in 
his throat- 

"If you'll tell me this riddle 
I'll give 1/014 a groat!" 

Jul all of the child yen 
Said theu'd rather look 
At the answers hidden 
In the back of the book. 

^Listen to the riddle 

that I read. loo. 
Laughed lillle houncina 
Betty Blue 

"Little Nancy 

In a white 
petticoat - 

And a red wose— 

•e longer 
she standi 
The shorter 
she grows!' 

~What is it? 'everybody cried. 
"I can't, tell.'" Betty Blue replied 

JE£> "But it rhymes with handle 
^^[ Though its not a sandal'' 

met a man with seven wives 
Every wife had seven sacks. 


Qvery wile Had seven sacks , 
And every sack had seven cats. 


'ry sack had seven cats. 
Every cat had seven kits. 

^V(pw kits, cats, sacks and wives— 
How manu were qoinq to St. Ives?" 

"[other Hubbard laughed as 
the children worked 
And said. "Now we will see 
what scholars shirked 
Their lessons all throughout 

the year — 
Come, 1 have one last 
riddle here!' 

Jtvo legs sits on three 

With one leg in his lap. 

four legs grabs 
up one leg 
And dashes lor 
the door. 
Two legs grabs up 
three legs 
And throws it 
after /our. 

four legs drops 
one leg 
When three legs 
hits him crack 

And two legs picks 
up one leg 
And comes quite 
proudly back'" 

^vhen with a shout and a 
quick turn about 
7Tte children grab the 
riddling book. 

And Hipping the 
pages in a. 

Theu turn up 
the answer 
page for 
a look. 

AMSmrrs art oh lu>t pay* 

'he door opened wide and the 
children flocked together 
For in strode an old man 
dressed all in leather 

He sal htmsell down nnth the 
children round his knee 

Laughing and giggling and 
squealing with glee 

"Tell us a sloru." cried Saucu 

Susie, very bold 
/1e gave a wink and a grin 

and here's the tale thai 
he told 

was the night bvfort 


And all through the 


Not a creature ivu-. 
. x . 


Not even a mouse 

'From 'A Vi"it frvm £f MirliPias' lilt Clrmenl f Mew 

Jhe stockings were hung by _ 
the Chimney with care 

M hopes thai St. Nicholas 
soon would be there 


?he children were nestled 
all snug in their beds. 

^S While visions of sugar plums 
danced in their heads. 

Snd Mamma in her kerchief 

and I in my cap 
ffad/usl settled down for 
a long winter's nap; 

U/hen out on the lawn 

/here arose suck 

a clatler. 

I sprang out of bed 

lo see what was 

the matter 


-twau to the window I Hew like a Hash. 
Tone open the shutters and 

threw up the sash. 
The moon on the breast of 

the new fallen snow 
Oave the luster of midday 

lo objects below 

when, what to mi/ wondering eyes should appear 
Bui a miniature sleigh and eight ttnu reindeer 

'. on Cupid! 
On. Dunder and Btilzen! 

*-7o the top ol the porch, 
to the [op o/ the wall. 
Dash a waif dash away, 
dash awau. all.' 

sy4s dry leaves that he lore the wild hurricane flu 
When they meet tvi/k an obstacle, mount, to the sky. 
So up- to the housetop the coursers they flew. 
With the sleigh full of toys and St Nicholas too. 

o4nd then, in a twinkling 
f heard on the roof 

The prancing and pawing 
of each /my hoof 

~lHs I drew m my head 
and was turning 
Down the chimney 
Saml Nicholas came 
with a bound 

ne was dressed all in fur from 

his head to his foot. 
And his clothes were all tarnished 

with ashes and soot. 

C A/ bundle al toys he had 

lining on his back. 
And he looked like a 
peddlerjust opening 
his pack. 

rtis eues. how tkeu twinkled! 

His dimples, how merri/l 
His cheeks were like roses. 

his nose like a cherry. 
His droll little mouth was 

drawn up in a bom 
And the beard on his chin 

was as white as the snow 

v /he stump o/ a pipe . 
held tight m his teeth. 
And the smoke it 
encircled his head 
like a wreath 

7e had a broad lace and 

and a round Utile belly 

Thai shook, when he laughed. 

like a bowl full of jelly 

rfe was chubby and plump. 

a right jollu old elf. 
And I laughed when I saw 

him in spite of mifsell 

W wink ol his eue and a 

twist of his head 
JSoon gave me to know 
f had nothing lo dread. 

fie spoke not a word, but 
went straight to his work, 

And filled all the stockings, 
then turned with a jerk. 

1e sprang to his sleigh, to 
his learn gave a whistle. 
And away they all (lew like 
/he down of a thistle; 

l£ i 

IPut. I heard him exclaim, as 
he drove out of sight. 

"Merry Chris/mas to all 
and lo all a good night!' 


m an elf who 

works and works 
On Santa Clans' 

c We paint dolls for 
little a iris 
And sleds for 
little boys. 


nd sometimes when we're hungry 
Simple Simon, he will bring 
'A pie that's big enough for all. 

%y diddle, diddle. 
The cal and the liddle 
The cow jumped over 
the moon 
The hi lie dog laughed lo 

see such sport. 
And the dish ran awau with the spoon,. 

jmd JLir 

-ley. diddle. diddle!" cried 
bright little Jack. 
"How can I eat my pie? 
The dish and the spoon 
wont, be back. 
And I'm hungry enough 
to cru!" 


(Jo little Jack Horner 
Sat m the corner 
Holding his Chris/mas pie 
He stuck in his thumb 
And pulled out a plum 
And said. "What a 
good boy am I 1 " 


O/d King Cole 
was a merry old soul 
And a merry old. soul 

was he. 
He called for his pipe 
and he called lor his bowl 
And he called for the 
whole compannee. 

Tie seated all Ike 
J Utile folks 

In a ring around the tree. 
Then «a called for a cheer 
for old Santa Claus 
With a hip. hip/ 
Three times 

We'll have a limerick game 
When I call if on bi/ i/sur name. 
Stand up and recite 
bu the Christmas tree light' 
Said Old King Cole with a 

jollif old grin, 
"Come on, Tom Tucker, 
uou may begin!" 


Tucker stood up, 
took his hat from his head. 
And in a firm voice ^~ 

this is what he said: 

ere was a uounq ladu whose nose 

Was so long that 11 
reached to her toes. 

Jo she hired an old ladu 

whose conduct was 


Ueorgie Porgte. hat in hand. 
Slowly rose and took the stand 

jhe exclaimed What of thai? 

Jhts courageous i/ou 
lady of Norway. 


[0hen Marjorie Daw 
heard her name, 

She jumped to her 
feet to exclaim. 

ere was an old man 
who said 'Hush.' 

Jom, Tom. the piper's son. 

jumped to his feet 
Ana his late was bepun: 

"Qhere was an old person of Ware 

Li/ho rode on 

the back of 

a bear. 

"When they said. 
'Does he trot?' 

Ohe cried. 
'Certainly not.' 

<e's a flopstkkon. moppsikon bear!' " 

Jotnmy Snooks and 

Betsy Brooks 
Who'd walked in every 
they got and 
here is what 
They happily sang 

here was an old man. 
in a tree 

Whose whiskers 
were lovely 
to see. 

i ''Put Ihe birds 
of the air 
Plucked them 
perfectly bare 

Vo make themselves 
nests in that tree. " 

/fit last Humply Dumptu. 

" With a smile very droll. 

Stood up and recited 

To his friends and King Cole 

/here was an old man- 
on the border 

o lived in the utmost disorder. He danced with the cat 

•^/L^t. ~*, /„„ ™ u.^ i,„i Which vexed all the /oiks 
■yfnd made tea m his hat. m (he ^^^ ., 

Jo market, to market, 
to buy a tat pig. 

^Home again, home again, iiqqity liq! 

C hktt take it! 

Well bake it! 

We'll eat the Fat hog! 

Home again, home again, 


~ind when he had 

run down again 

What do you think 

that he did then? 

He Cell into a 
J Christmas stocking. 
Hanging high upon 
the wall. 

rind m the morning 
it was shocking! 

He was the best 
surprise of all. 

'ickoru, dickortf. dock 
The mouse ran up 

the' clock. 
The clock struck one 
And down he run. 
Hickory, dickorif 


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aid the Crooked Man 
to Old King Cole. 
'Someone is missing, a 
jolly old soul' 

Tie's always around at 
this time of the year 
I'm really surprised thai 
he isn't here!" 

know who you mean, 
you mean Santa Clous 
Now watch the tire place 
over there, because 

•e's coming soon with a 
great big surprise, 
ybu wont be able to 
believe your eyes!" 

■Ind then there was 
scarcely a sound. 
As down the chimney 
with a bound 

Came a. tiny elf 
tugging a sack. 

And king Cole was the 
one taken aback. 

'f/y sakes alive!" cried Old King Cote. . 
"you're mot much, bigger than a mole! 
Where is Santa? And who are you? 
You've dropped like Stardust from the blue!" 

Vfyou want Santa 

don't look far!' i 

For I'm not dust I 

of any star, I 

I'm Santa Claus I 

and no disguise.'\ 

And if you doubt ? 

, me use your \ 

hy, so you.are! But 
how can it be?" 

l ^4ye!Tis the strangest 
thing a man could see!" 

vlL'said Santa, with a smile, 
yust-tisten to my tale awhile!" 

/he sky was like crystal, 
the air was like wine. 

i castle, agleam in the 
clear morning light. 
Was the scene of bustle, to 
make ready mu flight. 

~ti)hile Winky and Pinky. ' 
ellin helpers. Tinkle ond~ftools. with many a quip 

Were shining with care my Were trying out my new 

tall leather boots. licorice whip. 

7f> opened Ike latch, and /hen what a scene' 
With a cri/ in ran the excited Queen 

• o, • , , ^ 7he Snow Queen locked 

me Slack Giants raging about again! pale and ill 

He's alter you with the strength often!' s frightened was she 

her voice was shrill'. 

Vfever fear' f said. 'He can't hurt me.' "Ha! she cried. He's lying in wait. 
For I'll be away long before tea!' He vows to get. you.sure as fate? 

He wants the key to the gumdmp mine'l'he candy is lor the cluldrvn.suref 
He sivears to eat it all by nine!' Bui none goes to thai greedy boorf 


'■■*t2o 88! 

"•"A growl like thunder! A 

'i S i Cr T'r"" mia/ r/i S T- The/Zf^erT&lin 

We heard a hammering al me door. upon the floor. 

Where, like an idiot tree ol wood. 
The evil.grinyiintj ijiont stood. 

7/is hand made a grab like a Hash. 
There was a blinding light — a crash! 

i- /he next thing I knew Wflu head m a whit 

I was running in the hall. I was very, very small! 


"U/hat happened? 7 asked 
the fairy Snow Queen. 

f/agic.' 'she answered. 
It's plain to be seen!' 

/winkle's voice broke out 
'What's worse, I'll wage/: 
He's taken awau gour 
golden ledger. 1 ' 

J hen in a frenzy we rushed 

off to look. 
And, sure enough, he had 
stolen the book. 

yt contains the names of the ~7Qs we ran to mtf sleigh I 

girls and the bogs! bewailed tug new size 

Without it I cannot deliver And mg reindeer beheld me 

the loifs!' with doubt in their eges. 

We rose like a duck hawk swift in the air- 
To see giant tracks leading straight to his lair 

/hen very carelulli/ we sneaked '/he blackhearted rogue was 

in the door — asleep tike a log 

And instantly heard an Ah' Now was our chance tn 

earth shaking snore beluddle the dog! 

Lare/ullu. breath less I if. 

closer we crept. 
Near to the spot where 

the wicked one slept 

L OJndlhett with die ledger j£ 

just in our grasp 
The snoring voice slopped' 
Arid I gave a gasp- 

u/e suddenly saw the evil one waken. ** we Snow Queen, however, proved 
I con assure you our courage was she was bt*avp. 

shaken. With the speed of tight she 

Jumped at the knave. 

Ms she Sprang to the edge of 
the giant's couch 

She ripped open the cord 
on his /pother pouch 

/here fell front within a 

peculiar dust. 
A soft, gleaming powder Iho 

color of rust. 

j4nd then while I stood there. 

dumb with surprise. 
The Snow Queen flung hand- 

fuls into his eyes. 

'ince again I saw the 
lightning flash. 
Then a long rumbling.' 
thundering crash. 

, • Jhe giant cried out with an 
angry roar— 
I pulled the fairy Snow Queen 
to the Hook 

'a! It was magicfThe giant 
grew small. 
In a Hash he was hardly 
three feet tall! 

Lz/fr^l^m~**^^ m ^^' Jhc big book of names must 
u/e roped him and tied him quickly be found 

good and light. For soon I must start on 
And I noticed then it would my annual round, 

soon be night. 

puaaenly I found it.' And wp 
ran lo the sleiqh. 

And in scarcely a moment we 
we were off and away! 

/he spell will wear oil soon.' 
said my friend, 

'And all will turn out 
well in the end!' 

(Wndnow. though I've finished my 
work for /he night. 
/ wonder if maybe the Snow 'j£. 
Queen was right?" 

jt as Santa finished 

he could tell 
started to grow- 'twas 
the end of the spell. 


'lie children all laughed— King Cole gave a cheer. 
"Mer ry Christm as t o all, and a H appy New Year!" 

y B»NOTB> 7l«UMf8.C*» - KwoCoct UMtPICK QMC *M TOM ECWABP LEflg'S WORKS. — C 

H^eter Piper says that 
Dick Redcap is nothing 
more than a cherry! 

'nd little, 
Betty i 
says tP. 
Nancy Etticoat is, of 
course, a candle.. 

JHnd Tommy Stout says, 
"How many were going 
to St. Ives? Count me!" 

-And Mother Hubbard says. 

"Two legs is a man, one 
leg is a leg, of meat, 
three legs is a stool, 
and (bur legs is a dog."