|Liam and Aunt Rae (& Elmo!)|
Five Little Squirrels
Five little squirrels up in the tree,
This little squirrel says, "What do I see?"
This little squirrel says, "I smell a gun!"
This little squirrel says, "Let us run!"
This little squirrel says, "I'll hide in the shade."
This little squirrel says, "I'm not afraid!"
BANG!!! goes the gun and they run, everyone.
I was curious about this little poem, so I went in search of its history. I haven't yet figured out the origin, but did find several versions of it in old teaching manuals, including one that dates back to 1888! Nearly a hundred and twenty five years ago, teachers used this as a counting poem as well as to teach language.
Since Aunt Rae passed away last year, this has brought back very sweet memories of her for Cindy and me. Now, it's up to us to make sure that Liam and his brother, Evan, remember this poem to share with future generations!