The Peter Patter Book of Nursery Rhymes

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THE PETER PATTER BOOK
OF NURSERY RHYMES

Illustration 2 THE KING HAD A PLATTER OF BRISKET AND BATTER
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THE PETER PATTER BOOK

of
NURSERY RHYMES

by Pictures by
LEROY F. BLANCHE
JACKSON FISHER WRIGHT

Dedication

To
ANDREW, PUDGE, AND BOBBY
My first appreciative audience

Copyright © 1918 by Rand McNally & Company.
Renewal copyright 1946
by Rand McNally & Co.
All rights reserved.

Owl

PETER PATTER told them to me,
All the little rimes,
Whispered them among the bushes
Half a hundred times.

Peter lives upon a mountain
Pretty near the sun,
Knows the bears and birds and rabbits
Nearly every one;
Has a home among the alders,
Bed of cedar bark,
Walks alone beneath the pine trees
Even when it’s dark.

Squirrels tell him everything
That happens in the trees,
Cricket in the gander-grass
Sings of all he sees;
Rimes from bats and butterflies,
Crabs and waterfowl;
But the best of all he gets
From his Uncle Owl.

Sometimes when its day-time,
But mostly in the night,
They sit beneath an oak tree
And hug each other tight,
And tell their rimes and riddles
Where the catty creatures prowl—
Funny little Peter Patter
And his Uncle Owl.


LIST OF THE RHYMES

  • A Copper Down a Crack 9
  • I’m Much Too Big for a Fairy 9
  • Did You Ever Play Tag with a Tiger? 9
  • The Blue Song 10
  • Hippity Hop to Bed 10
  • Away to the River 11
  • Our Little Pat 12
  • The Animal Show 12
  • Tommy Trimble12
  • Dickie, Dickie Dexter14
  • On the Road to Tattletown14
  • Polly and Peter14
  • I Went to Town on Monday15
  • Where Are You Going?16
  • Christopher Crump17
  • Pinky, Pinky, Pang18
  • Tick, Tock18
  • Under the Willow20
  • High on the Mantel20
  • Boots, Boots, Boots21
  • Butterfly22
  • Beela By the Sea22
  • A Matter of Taste23
  • Tommy, My Son23
  • Oh, Said the Worm23
  • Buzzy Brown24
  • The Wind24
  • The Hobo Band24
  • A Beetle on a Broomstraw26
  • Mule Thoughts26
  • A Candle, a Candle27
  • Baxter28
  • Loddy, Gin, and Ella Zander28
  • As I Was Going Down the Hill28
  • A Little Boy Ran to the End of the Sky30
  • Discretion31
  • A Beetle Once Sat on a Barberry Twig31
  • The Thieves32
  • Upon The Irish Sea32
  • Duckle, Daisy32
  • I’ve Got a New Book34
  • The Carrot and the Rabbit35
  • Hippy-Hi-Hoppy35
  • Up on the Garden Gate37
  • ’Most Any Chip37
  • A Moon Song37
  • What Makes You Laugh?38
  • Timmy O’Toole38
  • A Man Came From Malden39
  • Baron Batteroff39
  • Six Little Salmon39
  • To Carry on the Toot-Toot40
  • Doubbledoon40
  • The Party42
  • I’ve Got a Yellow Puppy43
  • Doctor McSwattle45
  • Columbus45
  • Terrible Tim46
  • What’s the Use?46
  • All Aboard for Bombay47
  • Water47
  • Old Molly is Lowing48
  • Snowflakes48
  • Dippy-Dippy-Davy48
  • When I’m as Rich as Uncle Claus50
  • Rinky-Tattle50
  • Twenty Little Snowflakes51
  • Slippery Slim51
  • The Freighter53
  • No One at Home53
  • Patters and Tatters53
  • Crown the King with Carrot Tops54
  • The Canada Goose54
  • Hipperty, Clickerty, Clackerty, Bang55
  • Sonny56
  • The Stove56
  • The Thunder Baby58
  • Hinky, Pinky, Pearly Earl59
  • Tipsy Tom60
  • Jolly Jinks60
  • Transformation60
  • The Thief Chase62
  • Somebody62
  • Consolation 63
  • The Robin and the Squirrel63
  • The King Had a Platter63
  • Rain64
  • Old Father McNether64
  • Jerry Was a Joker 64
  • King Kokem66
  • Old Missus Skinner67
  • Oh, Mother69
  • Cella Ree and Tommy To69
  • If I Were Richer70
  • The Army of the Queen70
  • Romulus70
  • The Hero72
  • Pensive Percy72
  • Moon, O Moon in the Empty Sky73
  • The Rag-Man75
  • Whenever I Go Out to Walk75
  • A Free Show76
  • Billy Bumpkins76
  • Blue Flames and Red Flames77
  • Timothy Grady77
  • Captain Tickle and his Nickel77
  • Grandmother Grundy78
  • Needles and Pins78
  • A Toe Rime78
  • Harry Hooker78
  • Jelly Jake and Butter Bill80
  • Cut Up a Caper 81
  • Eat, Eat, Eat83
  • Hetty Hutton83
  • A Big, Fat Potato84
  • A Bundle of Hay85
  • Peter, Popper86
  • Old Father Annum86
  • The Tippany Flower86
  • Here Comes a Cabbage88
  • Plenty89
  • The Runaways89
  • A Race, A Race to Moscow91
  • The Salesman91
  • A Prince from Pepperville91
  • Boats92
  • Pretty Things92
  • Did You Ever?92
  • Hootem, Tootem, Clear the Track94
  • Doctor Drake94
  • Babies95
  • Twenty Thieves From Albion95
  • As I Came Out of Grundy Greet96

Illustration 8 —B. F. Wright—
JINGLE, JINGLE, JACK, A COPPER DOWN A CRACK

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A COPPER DOWN A CRACK

Jingle, jingle, Jack,
A copper down a crack.
Twenty men and all their wives,
With sticks and picks and pocket knives,
Digging for their very lives
To get the copper back.

I’M MUCH TOO BIG FOR A FAIRY

I’m much too big for a fairy,
And much too small for a man,
But this is true:
Whatever I do,
I do it the best I can.

DID YOU EVER PLAY TAG WITH A TIGER?

Did you ever play tag with a tiger,
Or ever play boo with a bear;
Did you ever put rats in the rain-barrel
To give poor old Granny a scare?

It’s fun to play tag with a tiger,
It’s fun for the bear to say “boo,”
But if rats are found in the rain-barrel
Old Granny will put you in too.

THE BLUE SONG

Hot mush and molasses all in a blue bowl—
Eat it, it’s good for you, sonny.
’T will make you grow tall as a telephone pole—
Eat it, it’s good for you, sonny.

Fresh fish and potatoes all on a blue plate—
Eat it up smart now, my sonny.
’T will make you as jolly and fat as Aunt Kate—
Eat it up quick now, my sonny.

Sweet milk from a nanny-goat in a blue cup—
Drink it, it’s good for you, sonny,
’T will fill you, expand you, and help you grow up,
And make a real man of you, sonny.

HIPPITY HOP TO BED

O it’s hippity hop to bed!
I’d rather sit up instead.
But when father says “must,”
There’s nothing but just
Go hippity hop to bed.

AWAY TO THE RIVER

Away to the river, away to the wood,
While the grasses are green and the berries are good!
Where the locusts are scraping their fiddles and bows,
And the bees keep a-coming wherever one goes.

Oh, it’s off to the river and off to the hills,
To the land of the bloodroot and wild daffodils,
With a buttercup blossom to color my chin,
And a basket of burs to put sandberries in.

OUR LITTLE PAT

Our little Pat
Was chasing the cat
And kicking the kittens about.
When mother said “Quit!”
He ran off to sit
On the top of the woodpile and pout;
But a sly little grin
Soon slid down his chin
And let all the sulkiness out.

THE ANIMAL SHOW

Father and mother and Bobbie will go
To see all the sights at the animal show.
Where lions and bears
Sit on dining room chairs,
Where a camel is able
To stand on a table,
Where monkeys and seals
All travel on wheels,
And a Zulu baboon
Rides a baby balloon.
The sooner you’re ready, the sooner we’ll go.
Aboard, all aboard, for the Animal Show!

Illustration 13 THE ANIMAL SHOW
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TOMMY TRIMBLE

Billy be nimble,
Hurry and see
Old Tommy Trimble
Climbing a tree.
He claws with his fingers
And digs with his toes.
The longer he lingers
The slower he goes.

DICKIE, DICKIE DEXTER

Dickie, Dickie Dexter
Had a wife and vexed her.
She put him in a rabbit cage
And fed him peppermint and sage—
Dickie, Dickie Dexter.

ON THE ROAD TO TATTLETOWN

On the road to Tattletown
What is this I see?
A pig upon a pedestal,
A cabbage up a tree,
A rabbit cutting capers
With a twenty dollar bill—
Now if I don’t get to Tattletown
Then no one ever will.

POLLY AND PETER

Polly had some china cows
And Peter had a gun.
She turned the bossies out to browse,
And Peterkin, for fun,
Just peppered them with butter beans
And blew them all to smithereens.
* * *
Now what will pretty Polly do
For milk and cream and butter too?

I WENT TO TOWN ON MONDAY

I went to town on Monday
To buy myself a coat,
But on the way I met a man
Who traveled with a caravan,
And bought a billy-goat.

I went to town on Tuesday
And bought a fancy vest.
I kept the pretty bucklestraps,
Buttonholes and pocketflaps,
And threw away the rest.

I went to town on Thursday

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