Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Rocket in My Pocket - compiled by Carl Withers

Subtitle: the Rhymes and Chants of Young Americans

I remember quite vividly finding a worn hardback copy of this book when I was in grade school.  I was fascinated with the rhymes, riddles and sayings.  Many years ago I ordered my own paperback copy.  I re-read it recently for a bit of nostalgia.

There's something to jog our memories, from tongue twisters like "Peter Piper" to counting games like "One potato, two potato" to riddles like this one:

I washed my hands in water
That never rained nor run;
I dried them with a towel
that was never wove nor spun.
  -- Dew and Sun


Published:  1948  Read: March 2015  Genre: Poetry

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