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March 19, 2004

Poetry of Playing

A Good Play

We built a ship upon the stairs
All made of the back-bedroom chairs,
And filled it full of sofa pillows
To go a-sailing on the billows.

We took a saw and several nails,
And water in the nursery pails;
And Tom said, “Let us also take
An apple and a slice of cake;”—
Which was enough for Tom and me
To go a-sailing on, till tea.

We sailed along for days and days,
And had the very best of plays;
But Tom fell out and hurt his knee,
So there was no one left but me.

This evening the boys had a blanket thrown over their jungle gym, and pillows and boxes piled around it. Definitely the very best of plays.

Tonight while snuggling with R5, I read R.L. Stevenson to him. These poems colored my growing up years, and it brings such joy to share them with my children.


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music for little people put out a lovely cd of stevenson's poetry set to music called "a child's garden of songs". "the lamplighter" is wonderful. it is very peaceful - great for bedtime.

Posted by: amy at March 20, 2004 02:14 AM

I loved blanket and pillow pretend play :o)

Posted by: kristen at March 20, 2004 03:15 AM

Ohhhh. That sounds just lovely. I think we're going to put together an Amazon.Com order soon. I'll have to see if we can get that.

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 20, 2004 03:16 AM

That CD is by Ted Jacobs...there is another one by him which is also available..."Days Gone By." It is 19th century poetry set to music, for chldren. We like them both very much.

Posted by: Carmon at March 22, 2004 08:33 AM

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