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Baby Learning to Read

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 19, 2012

Baby Learning to Read

By Louisa Lula Greene Richards

My baby brother is learning to read,
You shall hear how he does proceed;
He has learned the alphabet very well,
And seems to think he can read and spell.
He picks out the letters and speaks the same,
Then looks at the picture to guess the name.
This morning I heard him — “t-r-double e,” —
Looks at the picture — “rosebush” said he;
“F-l-y — bug — w-o-l-f — fox
B-u-f-f-a-l-o — papa’s big ox, —
H-e-n — chicken — p-i-g — hog, —
W-r-e-n — bird on a log, —
K-i-d — old Cherry’s calf.”
At this point I began to laugh.
He was much offended first, but “See,
I know I reads it right,” said he.
Very amusing it is indeed,
to listen to our baby read.

(1872)



3 Comments »

  1. That’s sweet!

    It’s a little curious that she says “baby” for a child of the age to be sounding out letters — usually four or five years old, maybe the late threes for a precocious child. Marie Curie learned to read when she was four, and she was pretty bright. : )

    Comment by Amy T — June 19, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  2. I loved this one! Glad you liked it too.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 19, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  3. That is adorable.

    Comment by ErinAnn — June 26, 2012 @ 8:35 am

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