October 3, 2012

Appley Dapply

From: Beatrix Potter's Nursery Rhyme Book (1984)

Appley Dapply, little brown mouse
Goes to the cupboard in somebody's house
In somebody's cupboard there's everything nice
[Cake, jam, biscuits] -- yummy for mice!
 Appley Dapply has little sharp eyes
Appley Dapply loves [blueberry] pies

Okay so I've changed a few words here and there. This would make such a sweet little participatory, rhythmic chant to share with parents and young children (or preschoolers) - they can tell what they might have stashed in the cupboard for Appley Dapply to find, and, if they were a mouse about to eat some pie, what sort of pie might they like to eat?

I love the empathy of this poem.

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