It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Happiness. Damp edition

Our poem for the week? “Happiness”, by A.A. Milne. No, we don’t do a poem a week. But we do them when the mood strikes or they seem hugely appropriate. This one seemed downright unavoidable.

John had
Great Big
Boots on;
John had a
Great Big
John had a
Great Big
Mackintosh —
And that,
(Said John)

Yes, all my toddlers know what a mackintosh is. (No, that’s evidently not “john” in the picture, but it’s the best picture I could find. Besides, this is an equal-opportunity site…)

We have actions for this. First we stomp in place, getting the beat. STOMP-stomp, STOMP-stomp, STOMP-stomp…

JOHN had GREAT big WATERproof BOOTS on (Pull up one boot, then another)
JOHN hada GREAT big WATERproof HAT (Grab imaginery brim and pull firmly down over head)
JOHN hada GREAT big WATERproof MACKintosh (Do up the toggles of your mackintosh)
And THAT, said JOHN, (fold one arm, fold the other)
THAT. (NOD firmly)

So there. Mucho fun.

(Totally tangential: Happy St.-Jean-Baptiste day, all you lucky Quebeckers…)

June 24, 2008 - Posted by | books | , , ,


  1. On a differently tangential note, OMG how much do I love that kid’s BOOTS?!

    Here they are! Mary Jane rain boots.

    Comment by kittenpie | June 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. That is adorable. I had to try it out just to see if it worked. But, no one here has a clue what a Mac is…..barely even me.

    We don’t use that word for it, either, but after I told them and we did the poem about 42 bahzillion times, they seem to have made the connection!

    Comment by Jerri Ann | June 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. I couldn’t hold still- my leg had to tap the rhythm while I repeated the rhyme. My 4yo has just started asking for Pooh books- anything long enough to need a bookmark is good these days.

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | June 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. I’m impressed that your toddlers know what a mackintosh is. I’m not at all sure I know what it is. Or for that matter, what is a toggle.

    Comment by M&Co. | June 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. Milne has always been my favorite poet. I particularly like Now We Are Six (the poem and the book).

    Comment by candace | June 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. her boots have mary jane shoes painted on! I want a pair, can I have jimmy choos on mine?

    Comment by jenny uk | June 27, 2008 | Reply

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