I had a little tea party, this afternoon at three.
‘Twas very small, three guests in all, I, Myself, and Me.
Myself ate up the sandwiches, while I drank up the tea.
‘Twas also I who ate the pie and passed the cake to Me!
Children have been enjoying their own little tea parties since at least the early 19th century. They know a good thing when they see it. Shall we join them?
YOU ARE GOING OUT TO TEA
by Kate Greenaway
You are going out to tea today,
So mind how you behave;
Let all accounts I have of you
Be pleasant ones, I crave.
Say “If you please,” and “Thank you, Nurse;”
Come home at eight o’clock;
And, Fanny, pray be careful that
You do not tear your frock.
Now, mind your manners, children five
Attend to what I say;
And then, perhaps, I’ll let you go
Again another day.
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Actually, these twins with their dollies kind of scare me.
It’s fun to look at old photos, isn’t it? Cute little faces, but some so serious. Still wondering how they got some of the animals to sit still and pose.
I like the ones with cats and dogs the best.
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Lovely and talented educator, poet, fly-fisherwoman and champion chocolate cake baker Mary Lee Hahn is hosting the Roundup at A Year of Reading. Sashay over and check out the full menu of poetic goodies being shared in the blogosphere this week. Why not have a tea party with your dogs and cats (and bears!) this weekend?
**Reminder: I’m posting a Roundup of 2014 Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events on April 1. Email me with your info and links if you’d like to be included:
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