James Whitcomb Riley

Greenfield, Indiana
James Whitcomb Riley
Greenfield, Indiana
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Little Orphant Annie

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To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
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Lenore Churchwell 28 September 2020
I remember this poem from when I was a child back in the fifties. It is still fun to read aloud.
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Carrie 21 July 2019
I know it nearly by heart
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Pat Coulston 27 June 2019
I use to read it to children when they were small, love this poem.
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Susan Montiel 10 May 2019
I learned this poem for recitation in the 4th grade circa 1962. I had an anthology of children's poems which was lost and later tried to find a reprint for my own children and could never find it. It included this lovely poem.
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Beverly Baker 17 February 2019
I was taught this poem in grade school. Believe it or not it was during speech class. I managed to scare my kids and my grand kids sometimes at bonfires in the yard. I still love this poem.
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C J Houston 16 December 2018
My mother read this to me and this one is the most remembered she read many more. There's an art to this poet. It's the way he speaks.
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Laura 26 August 2018
I memorized this poem and recited in in elementary school. Forty years later, I'm amazed at how much I still remember! We owned a collection of works by James Whitcomb Riley, and as an avid reader, it was and still is a lifetime favorite.
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JUDITH 08 May 2018
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Cora M Woodward 24 February 2018
This is the first time I have heard all of the poem. I heard some of it in grade school but not all of it. I am now 87 years old and enjoying it again after all those years. Thank you.
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deterrionrrrr 22 November 2017
why so long dude to looong bruh
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