Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tiny Hiatus

I feel compelled to mention that I won't be posting again until the new year (in a few days).  I've been off duty for Christmas and return with vigor and poetry in 2011.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Children's Book Review: I Am A Bunny


Name of Book: I Am A Bunny
Author / Illustrator: Written by Ole Risom and Illustrated by Richard Scarry
What It's All About: A little bunny walks through the countryside in different seasons
My Favorite Bit: I love the page where it's raining.  A toadstool in the rain is magical.
Suitable Age For Reading It To:  This is a lovely length book for little ones.  The sentences are short and the pictures are vibrant and have many things going on in them.  I recommend it heartily.
Go Get It: I Am A Bunny
A Little About the Author and/or Illustrator: Ole Risom was born in Copenhagen and worked for Bonniers, a Swedish publisher, before going to New York.  After Pearl Harbor he joined the US army and served in the ski patrol among other things and was finally assigned to be a driver in Munich where he met Countess Agnes Grafin von Rechberg, whom he married.  They moved to the USA and had two sons Nicholas and Christopher and a daughter, Camilla.  He became one of the most influential publishers of mass-market books for children and was the vice president and art director of Golden Books Western Press for twenty years.  In his career he was closely associated with Richard Scarry and also worked with Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson, Stan and Jan Berenstain, Leo Lionni, and Charles Schulz.  He died in 2000 of cancer.
We've done Richard Scarry before so you can check it out here if you've forgotten.





Friday, December 17, 2010

Children's Book Review: In A People House


Name of Book: In A People House
Author / Illustrator: Written by Theo LeSieg and Illustrated by Roy McKie (HINT: Theo LeSieg is another pen name of Theodor Geisel who is, of course, Dr. Seuss--LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards.)
What It's All About: This is a word book that is miles beyond your average word/picture recognition books that treat kids like little idiots.  This is a great book for kids and adults.  A mouse shows a bird what's in a People House and they make a mess and are thrown out, but not before they learn what everything is.
My Favorite Bit: I always had favorite pages when I was a kid.  I like the mouse brushing the bird's head in this book.  It always looked like a soft brush.  I also liked that they had white zoom marks behind them as they ran/flew through the house.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is a great book for little ones to hear and for older ones to read to you and/or little ones.  I love this book and it doesn't get too simple for anyone (except perhaps cynical high schoolers, but they'll come around in college). 
A Little About the Author and/or Illustrator: Theodor Giesel (Dr. Seuss/Theo LeSieg) was born in Massachusetts and raised a Lutheran.  He attended Dartmouth and began working for the humor magazine of Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern.  When caught drinking gin during prohibition in his rooms, he was made to resign from all extra-curricular activities.  To be able to continue writing for the humor magazine, he began using the pen name Seuss.  His first book was And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.  He and his wife moved to La Jolla, California, where he wrote many works that we all know and love today. He never had kids of his own and would say when asked why, "You have 'em; I'll entertain 'em."
Roy McKie illustrated most of the books Theodor Giesel penned without illustrating himself.  There is not much else I can find out about him.  Let me know if you do.






Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Original Tale: Saved At Sea



A storm has raged and left my ship marooned upon a reef
And I was thrown into the sea to drown without relief
How came I not to drown, dear friend, I really cannot say
For there was no one left to keep the raging sea at bay
Bewildered I now find myself upon the rocky shore
With naught to fear of sinking with my vessel any more



Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Children's Book Review: Angelina's Birthday



Name of book: Angelina's Birthday
Author / Illustrator: Written by Katharine Holabird and Illustrated by Helen Craig
What's It All About: A little mouse sees a beautiful bicycle in the window of a shop in town and does chores to try and get enough money to buy it.  She works and works but doesn't get enough money to buy the bicycle.  Her family and friends surprise her with the new bicycle for her birthday.
My Favorite Bit: The illustrations in these Angelina series are simply lovely.  Helen Craig's light touch and beautiful details add so much to each scene.  I love to just look at each page until I've discovered everything about it.  My favorite page in this is all the mice on bicycles. 
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This series leans towards little girls since Angelina is a girl, but they are a good fit for most kids.  My daughter is currently transfixed, though I think these are probably best suited to a five year old and up.  I'm surprised my daughter likes the older kid themes in these.   
Go Get It: Angelina's Birthday (paperback)
 A little about the author and/or illustrator: Katharine Holabird first began publishing the Angelina series in 1983.  Holabird grew up in Chicago, attended the ballet with her Grandmother yearly, and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont with B.A. in Literature.  Find out more about her here.
Helen Craig was born in London and moved to the countryside at the outbreak of WWII.  The illustrations for the Angelina stories are based on her childhood memories of living in a country cottage with no electricity.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Original Tale: Henry and His Umbrella




Henry's red umbrella keeps the sun away
Henry likes to sit and sit and dream of sun all day
Henry doesn't think he'll mind if rain starts raining soon
For Henry's red umbrella keeps them both from Henry's head till noon


Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh

Friday, December 10, 2010

Children's Book Review: The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi

Name of book: The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
Author  / Illustrator: Written and Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
What's It All About: A boy's dog runs away into a mysterious garden and the boy goes after him.  But the garden belongs to a mysterious man who claims to be a magician. 
My Favorite Bit: This book is Van Allsburg at his best.  The drawings are simply lovely and I want to walk through the gardens (minus the magician).  I love Van Allsburg's illustration style.  It's chunky and rounded but very detailed with subtle color. 
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This one's for the older kids.  My daughter (3) will sit through it, but it's built for my 8 year old.  The language and style is a little more sophisticated, but everyone will enjoy it.  This is a must for any children's library.
Go Get It: The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi
A little about the Author and/or Illustrator:  Chris Van Allsburg studied art at the University of Michigan.  He was a sculptor primarily, but his wife Lisa, an elementary school art teacher, encouraged him in his drawing and showed his drawings to a friend at Houghton Mifflin.  Van Allsburg stopped sculpting long enough to create the story that became The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He has written and illustrated 15 other books, including The Polar Express and Jumanji.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Original Tale: Fly From Here



O little sparrow fly from here
The summers' passed away
The leaves have fallen, snow is here
It soon is Christmas day

Aye, litle bird the sun still shines
But night is cold and long
Find somewhere where the leaves are green
To sing your pretty song


Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh

Monday, December 6, 2010

Children's Book Review: The Boy With A Drum

 


Name of book: The Boy With The Drum
Author  / Illustrator:  Written by David L. Harrison and Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
What's It All About: A little boy with a drum walks through the countryside and all the animals that hear him leave what they're doing and follow along
My Favorite Bit: I just really love the style of the poetry in this story as well as Wilkin's illustrations.  I think I love the frog and the cow the best. 
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is best for small children but all ages will love it.  It is just the right length for a bedtime story. 
Go Get It: The Boy With The Drum (This book is hard to find on Amazon at a reasonable price but they're out there. 
A little about the Author and/or Illustrator: Author David L. Harrison's first book is the above.  It was released in 1969 and eventually sold over two million copies.  Harrison has published over seventy original stories.   You can find out more about him here. Eloise Wilkin wrote, illustrated, and designed dolls for over fifty years.  She illustrated over twenty books with her sister Esther, who also married a Wilkin.  Over her career she worked almost exclusively with Little Golden Books until 1961.  She passed away in 1987.




Sunday, December 5, 2010

Original Tale: Faeries In The Woods


In the middle of the forest I came upon a little house
Could it be for a squirrel or a furry brown mouse?
But a shimmer on the leaves and a sparkle in the air
Made it seem as if the faeries made their little home there
I laid down in the grass to see inside the front door
But I didn't see anyone who lived there anymore
As I turned to leave I thought I heard a little laugh
And a stream of little sparkles fell across the forest path
I may not see a faery but I'd meet one if I could
For now I've seen a faery house while walking in the woods


Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh

Friday, December 3, 2010

Children's Book Review: Bears In The Night



Name of book: Bears In The Night
Author  / Illustrator: Stan and Jan Berenstain
What's It All About: Little bears get up after bed to find out what's making a spooky sound through the woods. 
My Favorite Bit: I love the page where they've gone through the woods and are now heading: Up Spook Hill.  The reason I love it is my three year old daughter has memorized this book and pauses after each word for this page.  It tickles me pink.  Also I think I love it because she could memorize it and "read" it to me.  Each page has the repetition from the last of where the bears have been, reinforced by the drawing on each page.  That way kids can see what's new and where the bears have been and where they are going.  Brilliant!
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is an easy read and better suited to small ones but if your kids have grown up with Berenstain Bears than they won't mind hearing this one again.  And, since the Berenstain Bears have lots of great books for older readers, you can simply point them on.
Go Get It: Bears In The Night (Paperback early reader)
A little about the Author and/or Illustrator: Stan and Jan Berenstain met in art school in Philadelphia and were married shortly before Stan returned from serving in WWII.  They loved to draw together and were a regular corner of the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's before beginning their own stories together.  Mike Berenstain, their son, also has become an illustrator and works with Jan Berenstain (Stan Berenstain passed away in 2005).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Children's Book Review: Cars And Trucks And Things That Go




Name of book: Cars And Trucks And Things That Go
Author  / Illustrator: By Richard Scarry
What's It All About: Richard Scarry mostly does books in this unique style where you are learning about what things do and people's jobs and all sorts of little pieces of information.  There are a few stories in here but the main thing is what things that go do.   
My Favorite Bit: I think we all know what's coming.  If you own this book you know that Scarry put a little character called Goldbug on every page.  He's a little yellow bug and sometimes he's hard to find.  As adults I think we appreciate looking for him because we don't have to necessarily read all the little captions every page (there are a lot!)  Plus, everyone likes looking for Goldbug.  Besides that, there are always so many silly things to see on each page like funny shaped cars and the rascally Dingo dog that drives too fast and has to be caught by Officer Flossy.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: At different levels this book is great for all.  Little ones will laugh at the silly cars and look for Goldbug, older children will love the stories and what all the vehicles do.  These are just great books.
Go Get It: Cars And Trucks And Things That Go (paperback version but the hardback is worth it, too)
A little about the Author and/or Illustrator:
Richard Scarry (rhymes with hairy) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has written over 300 books totalling over a billion printed world-wide.  His most popular series was the Busytown series (of which the above is a part).  He passed away from a heart attack in 1994 at the age of 74.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Original Tale: The Gingerman

A Little Old Woman baked a Gingerbread man
When she opened the oven, he jumped off the pan
He ran out the gate and on past a cow
Who started to chase him as fast he knew how




"Come back," they all cried, "We want to eat you!"
The Gingerman laughed as he passed a horse, too
"Just you run and you run as fast as you can,
You won't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man!"



A little parade of cookie eaters began
But that's no place for a Gingerman
He ran past a rooster, who flew right up
And chased the running cookie with a cluck cluck cluck




The Gingerman came to a pretty bright brook
And along came a fox with a sly little look
"Little man," said he, "what's the trouble here?"
"I can't get cross this stream, I fear."




"I can swim you across," said the fox with a grin
The little man agreed and they started to swim
 "On my nose!" cried the fox, "I'm beginning to sink!"
Then he swallowed that cookie with a nod and a wink




Everyone arrived just a moment after
"Too late," said the fox, with a chuckle of laughter
"What do we do now?" said the hungry horse 
The little old lady smiled and said, "Come home with us, of course."



Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Children's Book Review: Barnyard Dance!



Name of book: Barnyard Dance
Author  / Illustrator: By Sandra Boynton
What's It All About: Animals dancing and boy do they dance...except the donkey (he's why we bought the book).
My Favorite Bit:  Stand with the donkey has to be one of the silliest lines and drawings ever.  Plus, this has been my daughter's favorite with her Dad for a long time.  Boynton is another fab rhymer and we love reading these!
Suitable Age For Reading It To: Everyone gets a kick out of this but it seems destined for the fairly young.
Go Get It: Barnyard Dance  (board book)
A little about the Author and/or Illustrator:  Sandra Boynton is a children's author, illustrator, songwriter, and an American humorist, who was born in New Jersey and grew up in Pennsylvania.  She has written more than forty books, four music albums, and over four thousand greeting cards. 

I'm going to cheat a little here, because I couldn't decide on a Boynton book to review so here are our favorite of favorites (not there aren't more but I have to stop somewhere).

Blue Hat, Green Hat: A turkey has trouble getting dressed like the rest of the animals...oops!










The Going To Bed Book: Animals on the ark get ready to bed and "somebody turns off the light".

Hippos Go Beserk!: A Hippo throws a party until the house is full of hippos, then the party needs to wind down again.
Fifteen Animals: The Farmer has special names for all his pets.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Original Tale: The Book


I waited and I listened
But he didn't read the rest
I crept out after bed time
To the big wooden desk

I lit a little candle
And I opened up the story
Where the gallant prince goes sailing
On the seas of Hope and Glory

But my favorite bit of all
Was the little mouse so brave
Who left everything behind
To sail 'cross lillies to the wave

I know I'm just a little mouse
I've naught been far from home
But I can read about great deeds
That Reepicheep has done


Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh

Friday, November 26, 2010

Children's Book Review: The Gruffalo



Name of book: The Gruffalo
Author / Illustrator: Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
What's It All About: A little mouse goes walking through the woods and tells a frightening story about a Gruffalo to all the predators he meets.  But, will he meet the Gruffalo after all?

Excerpt:

"Where are you going to, little brown mouse? 
 Come and have lunch in my underground house."
"It's terriby kind of you, Fox, but no--
I'm going to have lunch with a gruffalo."

My Favorite Bit: I really like the sing song poetry of this story.  Every page rhymes and you know it's done well because you start to say the lines with the lilt they were intended to have.  This book was recommended to me by my friend Christy, and we are enjoying more Julia Donaldson.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: From small to big, everyone can love the Gruffalo.  My three year old likes it the best but my eight year old will sit to hear and laugh, too.
Go Get It: The Gruffalo (this is the link for the paperback but it comes as a hardback or a board book, too.)
 A little about the author and/or illustrator: Julia Donaldson is a writer, playwright, singer, and song writer who has championed over a hundred and fifty books, many of them for schools.  You can check out more about her here.  Axel Scheffler was born in Germany and moved to England to study art.  You can learn more about him here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Children's Book Review: There's A Train Going By My Window

 

Name of book: There's A Train Going By My Window
Author / Illustrator: Written by Wendy Kesselman and illustrated by Tony Chen
What's It All About: A little girl dreams of going around the world on the train that goes by her house.  She meets many animals all interestingly and beautifully illustrated.  Each page is a rhyme. 
My Favorite Bit: The page with all the hippos playing hide and seek with the little girl.  Excerpt:

 " Arriving in Africa 
Chucka-chuck, chucka-cheek 
I'll go swimming with the hippos 
And we'll play hide-and-seek. "

Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is a great story for all ages.  The rhymes and sophistication of the illustrations are enough to capture the attention of the older children and still colorful and simple enough for the younger ones as well.  I highly recommend it.
Go Get It: There's A Train Going By My Window (This one's a little harder to find, too, but don't stop the hunt! It's really worth it.)
A little about the author and/or illustrator: Wendy Kesselman is mostly a playwright and I can't find much about her, so we'll leave it at that.  Tony Chen is an illustrator who also has illustrated a children's story Bible that looks beautiful though I haven't found it to read.  Sorry there's not more here but these people seem a little obscure to rake info up on.  Happy reading!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Original Tale: Where Does The Sun Go After It Sets


Where does the sun go after it sets?
Down to the sea to sleep in the west
What will it do there down in the blue?
Make friends with the beautiful pearly white moon
What will they talk about, do you know?
Where they have come from and where they will go
Shall they invite many friends in for tea?
The west wind, the north wind, the stars and me
How will the sun know just when to rise?
When the tea is all gone and they've said their goodbyes
Is the sun lonely when it shines in the sky?
No, for it shines on you and I


Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Children's Book Review: The Judge: An Untrue Tale

 Name of book: The Judge: An Untrue Tale
Author / Illustrator: Written by Harve Zemach and written and illustrated by Margot Zemach
What's It All About:  Prisoners are marched in to plead with an unrelenting Judge.  They keep trying and trying to tell him of the horrible thing coming this way...Excerpt:

"Please let me go, Judge.
I didn't know, Judge,
That what I did was against the law.
I just said what I saw."

My Favorite Bit: I tell you, Judge, we all better pray! -- I really like the rhyming of this book.  It reminds me of my brother, as this book was bought for him but we all enjoyed it immensely and still say the line above when things are getting hairy.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This one ain't really for the wee ones.  What I mean is, although it's quite funny and the illustrations are great, it has a sharp humor and...(plot spoiler) the Judge doesn't get a happy ending.  So, skip the little kiddos on this one and read it to your older ones--I'd say around age 5 up. 
Go Get It: The Judge: An Untrue Tale  You can check other places like Alibris or even Ebay as this one is a little harder to get, but it is a good one to have in your library.
A Little More About the Author and/or Illustrator(s): Margot Zemach was born in Los Angeles and collaborated on thirteen other books with her husband who went under the pseudonym of Harve Zemach.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Original Tale: Waiting At The Window


Many kinds of children pass my window every day
I sit or stand and wait for one to point to me and say
I'd like to take him home, Mother, he seems so soft and kind
I'd like to take him home, Grandpa, if you would lend a dime
The dolls aren't much to talk to and the cars don't make a peep
There's a monkey by my window, however mostly he's asleep
I'm waiting for the tinkle of the toy shop's front door bell
I'm waiting for a little child to point and me and tell
Dear papa, he's the bear for me, I'll take him home for tea
Perhaps today will be the day that somebody buys me

Written and photo'd by R. Nigh




Thursday, November 18, 2010

Children's Book Review: The Story About Ping


Name of book: The Story About Ping
Author/Illustrator: By Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
What's It All About: A little duck who lives on a boat on the Yangtze River does not want to be last in line to go up the ramp to the boat or he will get a swat on the back.  One day he is diving for food and does not hear his master call until it is too late and he will be last in line into the boat.  Instead of accepting this, he hides in the grass and is left behind.  His adventures are new and frightening and he longs for his own family and his own boat.  At last he finds it and, though he paddles hard, he may be the last to the boat but does he care? Find out!
My Favorite Bit: I love this story.  The pictures are delightful, as are all pictures in books about ducks.  My favorite page has to be when the man is putting the basket over Ping and he stands with his eyes closed, clearly quacking importantly.  The illustrations are lovely and the story is just right. 
Suitable Age For Reading It To: Although you may read this to any age child as far as content, the pages each have roughly a paragraph to read and little ones may fidget through them.  I would recommend age four on up depending on the fidgety-ness of your audience.
Go Get It: The Story About Ping
A Little About The Author and/or Illustrator: Marjorie Flack was born in Long Island and is most famous for the book above though she also was responsible for the Angus books about her dog.  Kurt Wiese was a German illustrator who spent some time in China and this style can be seen in both the book above and another favorite of mine, The Five Chinese Brothers, which I also highly recommend.
 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Original Tale: Puddling




The rain is falling all around
All through the trees, all on the ground
Dripping drops from here to there
Soaking everyone, everywhere

It slides off my nose and drips off my chin
It's filling my boots and soaking my skin
If mother should ask why I've suddenly gone out
Please tell her I'm puddling and splashing about
Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Children's Book Review: Chicken Soup With Rice



Name of book: Chicken Soup With Rice
Author/Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
What It's All About: Each month the boy featured on the cover has a little poem about why he likes chicken soup with rice.
My Favorite Bit: I love that the book is dedicated to Mrs. Ida Perles (who is named Ida anymore? it's such a lovely old-fashioned name) and I like the pages for July and September the best illustration-wise.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: All ages! You can start reading it to two year old kiddos (the little rhymes are short and lovely) and go all the way up to at least eight before kids might wander off to do something else.  If you're lucky and you have a child who loves books, they'll never let this one out of their library.
Go Get It: Chicken Soup With Rice (Keep in mind this is the Nutshell Library version which is a very small paperback copy.  Kids love this size but they are easily lost on a bookcase.)
A little about the author and/or illustrator: Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the famous Where The Wild Things Are, is an American who decided on his career after seeing Disney's Fantasia.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Original Tale: The Park


We're stepping out, we're on parade
First there's Luke with lemonade

Off to the park, we'll swing on the swings
See Mercy and Rebekah wearing faerie wings

Can you watch me jump and dance?
Joshua's wearing his fireman pants

We're marching down cobblestones, here we come
Calvin is climbing, 'cause climbing is fun

The train park today is the place to be
Jamie's the lookout and what does he see?

More friends arriving from all over town
Now Jesse and Mattie are running around

At the park, there's a quiet spot
Callie and Augustine hang out there a lot

Brady's being a monkey on the monkey bars
Elisha has found all the little toy cars

Abel is swinging as high as the sky
And Genevieve's stopped a small dog trotting by

Who can skip as fast as they can?
Abigail skips while she's holding mom's hand

There isn't anything we have to do
But stay here and play here until it is noon

Then down we must sit for our picnic lunch
Duncan has found someone's carrot to munch

Elijah is finished, it's back to the slides
Hide and seek, I'll be it, so you run and hide

Ewan is jumping on his father's knee
There's wipes in the bag if you have to sneeze

Look back just a little way, you'll see we're all there
Most of us chatting and sitting (that's rare)

If you want to come find us, march down to the park
And play and play until it gets dark



Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh













Saturday, November 13, 2010

Children's Book Review: Saint George And The Dragon



Name of Book: Saint George And The Dragon
Author/Illustrator: Retold by Margaret Hodges and Illustrated by (my favorite) Trina Schart Hyman
What's It All About:
A Knight is sent by the Queen of the Fairies to fight a terrible dragon that is terrorizing the land.  Una, the Princess of the land in danger, rides with him.  The Knight fights the dragon and, though he is beaten back, he wins in the end with Una's help.  The King of the land offers his daughter, Princess Una, in marriage to the Knight and he accepts.  Though the dragon has been killed and the Knight marries Princess Una, he must still go and fight other battles for the Queen of the Fairies.  In time he earns his name and becomes known as Saint George.
My Favorite Bit:
Though the story itself is written well I have to say that my favorite bit are the illustrations.  The page with Princess Una pointing away to her father's castle as they ride through the countryside is one of my favorites.  I like the rolling hills and the children and farmers that come to great the travelers. 
Suitable Age For Reading To:
I can read this to my daughter who is currently three, but it is generally suited for a child that is a little older.  My eight year old enjoys it more as the words are a little more complex and the pages have at least a paragraph apiece, which anyone who has young children know it's hard to get them to sit still for that long of a page.  But, the illustrations are so lovely that I (don't tell my daughter) paraphrase the words so we can look at each page.
Go Get It: Saint George And The Dragon (I always recommend the hardback form but this paperback is worthwhile for a starter if you can't spend as much.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Original Tale: A Family Week




King Friday said to Mother Monday
I wish for a cup of tea
Take me down the mountain
And sail on the golden sea

Mother Monday's only wish
Was for a little more strawberry jam
The Prince of Wednesday made her wait
By running away with a lamb

Little old Tuesday came in to his supper
Only to find it was gone
Queen Thursday had eaten both chicken and rice
And all that was left was the dawn

Grand Father Sunday strolled into the hall
And announced in a voice most firm
That all of the family could walk to the lake
And go fishing for trout with the worms

Beautiful Saturday, child of grace,
sat nearby on a stool
And looked at the family all down by the lake
And laughed cause the week was through

Written and Illustrated by R. Nigh