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.