Gateway to the Classics: For the Children's Hour by Carolyn S. Bailey
For the Children's Hour by  Carolyn S. Bailey

The Gingerbread Man

Humpty, dumpty, dickery dan,

Sing hey, sing ho! for the gingerbread man!

With his smile so sweet, and his form so neat,

And his gingerbread shoes on his gingerbread feet.

His eyes are two currants, so round and black;

He's baked in a pan, lying flat on his back;

He comes from the oven so glossy and brown,

The loveliest gingerbread man in town!

And why is his gingerbread smile so sweet?

And why is his gingerbread form so neat?

And why has he shoes on his gingerbread feet?

Because—he is made for my Teddy to eat.

— Eva Rowland, "The Outlook"

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