Monday, August 1, 2016


By L. Frank Baum

Author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Boy Fortune Hunters in the Yucatan, Daughters of Destiny, etc.

Illustrated by W. W. Denslow

Originally published in Father Goose: His Book, 1899.

By Ruth Plumly Thompson 
Originally published in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, August 22, 1920.

Poems and Puzzles 

Last week’s answers and verses were:

There once was coot in a waterproof suit,
And the silly old water fowl thought he looked cute!

An arithmetic book is well furnished because it is full of tables.

The bodies of water concealed in the last two verses were the River Don, Lake Superior and Seine River.

Forgetfully speaking, what would you say to these:

“How can a sea place see?
A wise little fish asked me.
“Don’t know,” said I. “Will you please explain?”
“Yes,” laughed the fish, “Sea planes see plain!”

There are six trees concealed in these verses. Can you find them?

“I’d like a dress,” said Mary Jane,
“A cotton or a crash;
A red would do—or, maybe, blue!”
Dad flicked his cigar ash.

“Perhaps you can have two,” he said,
“To wear down at the beach.
Upon the whole, you shall have three,
You’re such a little peach.
“But how I wish my little girl
Would not grow up,” he said;
“And do you hear the locusts
Telling folks it’s time for bed?” 

They may not be spelled like trees—but they sound like ’em.

[Answers next time.] 

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