First Grade Read Aloud Banquet

Songs for November

Aiken Drum

King Cole

The Old Man in Leather

Ye Fairy Ship

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea

In a beautiful pea-green boat:

They took some honey, and plenty of money

Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,

And sang to a small guitar,

"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,

What a beautiful Pussy you are,

You are,

You are!

What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,

How charmingly sweet you sing!

Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried:

But what shall we do for a ring?"

They sailed away, for a year and a day,

To the land where the bong-tree grows;

And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,

With a ring at the end of his nose,

His nose,

His nose,

With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."

So they took it away, and were married next day

By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince and slices of quince,

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon,

The moon,

The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.

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Week 48 The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Home Again from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Author of "Little Women" from Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston The Oxen Talk with the Calves from Among the Farmyard People by Clara Dillingham Pierson The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Up the Stairs by Lisa M. Ripperton The Triumph of Rome from On the Shores of the Great Sea by M. B. Synge The Secret Meeting (Part 2 of 2) from The Mexican Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins Saint Nicholas (Part 1 of 2) from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
The North Wind Doth Blow, Anonymous
At the Zoo by A. A. Milne
I Love You, Mother by Joy Allison
Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson I Love Little Pussy by Jane Taylor Norse Lullaby by Eugene Field Peacock's Eyes by Christina Georgina Rossetti
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

Belling the Cat

The mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had to be done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day.

Many plans were discussed, but none of them was thought good enough. At last a very young Mouse got up and said:

"I have a plan that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful. All we have to do is to hang a bell about the Cat's neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming."

All the Mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a plan before. But in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an old Mouse arose and said:

"I will say that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me ask one question Who will bell the Cat?"

It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.