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the saturday sparkle resource – friends

Friendship is at the heart of this week Sparkle series, and this weeks Saturday Sparkle is filled with small celebrations of what it is to be friends.

The story is from France called “The White Doe”.  It can be found in Andrew Lang’s “The Orange Fairy Book” (1906).

And here are the two poems that are included!

::

Marching Song

Robert Louis Stevenson

Bring the comb and play upon it!
Marching, here we come!
Willie cocks his highland bonnet,
Johnnie beats the drum.

Mary Jane commands the party,
Peter leads the rear;
Feet in time, alert and hearty,
Each a Grenadier!

All in the most martial manner
Marching double-quick;
While the napkin, like a banner,
Waves upon the stick!

Here’s enough of fame and pillage,
Great commander Jane!
Now that we’ve been round the village,
Let’s go home again.

::

The Duck and the Kangaroo

By Edward Lear

I

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,

‘Good gracious! how you hop!

Over the fields and the water too,

As if you never would stop!

My life is a bore in this nasty pond,

And I long to go out in the world beyond!

I wish I could hop like you!’

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

 

II

‘Please give me a ride on your back!’

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

‘I would sit quite still, and say nothing but “Quack,”

The whole of the long day through!

And we’d go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,

Over the land, and over the sea;—

Please take me a ride! O do!’

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

 

III

Said the Kangaroo to the Duck,

‘This requires some little reflection;

Perhaps on the whole it might bring me luck,

And there seems but one objection,

Which is, if you’ll let me speak so bold,

Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,

And would probably give me the roo-

Matiz!’ said the Kangaroo.

 

IV

Said the Duck, ‘As I sate on the rocks,

I have thought over that completely,

And I bought four pairs of worsted socks

Which fit my web-feet neatly.

And to keep out the cold I’ve bought a cloak,

And every day a cigar I’ll smoke,

All to follow my own dear true

Love of a Kangaroo!’

 

V

Said the Kangaroo, ‘I’m ready!

All in the moonlight pale;

But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady!

And quite at the end of my tail!’

So away they went with a hop and a bound,

And they hopped the whole world three times round;

And who so happy,—O who,

As the Duck and the Kangaroo?

 

 


4 thoughts on “the saturday sparkle resource – friends

  1. I’ve often wondered about those fairy books. :) I just looked on amazon, and there is a version of at least several in that series for free on the kindle. Neat!

    • Let us know whenever you are looking for particular collections because there are a lot of free resources out there. Glad you found it on amazon

  2. I’ve often wondered about those fairy books. :) I just looked on amazon, and there is a version of at least several in that series for free on the kindle. Neat!

    • Let us know whenever you are looking for particular collections because there are a lot of free resources out there. Glad you found it on amazon

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