Friday, December 15, 2006

Poetry Friday--A Merry Literary Christmas

A Merry Literary Christmas

When Christmas shopping time
draws nigh.
And I am faced with gifts to buy,
I think about one relative
Who always had one gift to give.
And every year her present came.
And every year it was the same.
While other gifts were round and fat,
(Their secrets hidden) hers was flat.
Rectangular, the corners square,
I knew exactly what was there.
I'd pass it by without a look---
My aunt had sent another book!
I'd only open it to write
A "thank you" that was too polite,
But every year when Christmas went
I'd read the book my aunt had sent,
And looking back, I realize
Each gift was treasure in disguise.
So now it's time to write her here
A thank-you note that is sincere.

So---thanks for Alice and Sara Crewe,
For Christopher Robin and Piglet and Pooh,
For Little Nell and William Tell
And Peter and Wendy and Tinker Bell.

Thanks for Tom and Jim and Huck,
For Robinson Crusoe and Dab-Dab the duck,
For Meg and Jo and Johnny Crow
And Papa Geppeto's Pinocchio

For Mary Poppins and Rat and Toad
King Arthur and Dorothy's Yellow Brick Road,
For Kipling's Kim and tales from Grimm,
And Ferdinand, Babar and Tiny Tim.

I loved them all, I'm glad I met them.
They're with me still, I won't forget them.
So I'll give books on Christmas Day
Though I know what all my nieces say--
I know it from the way they write
A "thank-you" that is too polite.

Alice Low

(I think this is from THE FAMILY READ-ALOUD CHRISTMAS TREASURY by Alice Low.)

For more great thoughts about giving books as gifts:
Mother Reader has a fun post about 21 Ways to Give a Book. Another favorite post about is on giving books as gifts on Alan Silberberg's site. I also created a list for Choice Literacy of novels I may give my reader friends.

(Or, if you'd rather give chocolate (another great gift idea), check out this list on Candyblog.)


  1. Amazing poem. I simply love books too and the ones you mentioned were once my favorite.
    Just check out my Holiday Blog for some cool gift ideas and loads of interesting stuffs.

  2. Thanks for the mention. I'm still recovering from doing all those links.

    As for the other links, I also loved The Other Boelyn Girl and can't wait for the newest in the series. And that Candyblog is great. I'll be back there over and over again.

  3. This is a great poem! Thanks for sharing it. I'm notorious for giving books as gifts to my nieces, and the children of friends, and I hope that one day they'll appreciate it this much, too. Happy gift-giving!

  4. I LOVE this poem! I am a book aunt/mom/friend. :) We own the Family Read Aloud Christmas Treasury edited by Low--I recommend it.


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