A Merry Christmas
a Happy New Year to all!
(On the way to Hamilton., Wash. last Christmas eve I composed this song to the tune of “Jingle Bells,” with Mother’s help on the chorus. S. M.)
Dashing o’er the road,
In a five-year-old car,
Getting nearer all the time,
Never getting far.
Daddy’s spirits high,
Mom is feeling fine,
I am messing up a song
While trying to make it rhyme.
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way –
Oh, what fun it is to sing
A song on Christmas day.
Oh, what fun it is to sing
A song on Christmas day!
The Bookworm’s Romance
by Sue Moitoret
William H. Bookworm was, as you may have guessed, a bookworm. He lived in the book Mary Poppins, by P. L Travers. The Mary Poppins in which he lived was in a bookcase in a home where the books were just put there for beauty. Because of this there was quite a colony of bookworms and most of the books were just covers with no pages inside because this colony was mostly worms with large appetites.
William H. had only lived here a week when he heard that a new bookworm was moving into the colony. He dressed up and went next door to see what the new bookworm was like. He knocked on the cover of Mary Poppins Comes Back. A feminine voice said: “Come in.” He went in and there, nibbling at page 2, was the prettiest girl bookworm he had ever seen.
“I hope you don’t mind the mess,” she said. “You see I’m just straightening up.”
But William H. didn’t even hear her. He just stared and stared.
“Pull up a word and sit down,” she said. trying to stir un a conversation. He obediently sat and went on looking.
“What’s your name?” she asked.
“William H. Bookworm,” he said. “What’s yours?”
“Marian S. Eat-Ton,” she answered. “Have you al ways lived in Mary Poppins?”
“Oh, no I was born in an Encyclopedia Britannica, but it was very dry and my parents saw that I was bored and so we moved into Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Later, when I was a boy, we lived in Tom Sawyer and then we moved into Mary Poppins a week ago. Where did you come from?”
“I was born in Gone With the Wind in New York. My parents were high society worms and their only thought was to get a large enough home so they could hold parties and not see me too often. Then I moved into the pocket-book edition of Heidi. This was very different from Gone With the Wind and I liked it very much. I finally had to move, so I moved into Heidi Grows Up. I loved this book and it was very good for my digestion. So I was sorry to leave. but a new book. Heidi’s Children, had been published and I moved into that. When i was on the last pages of this book it was sent out here. At another home I moved quite safely into Mary Poppins Comes Back and then this book was sent here. I got kind of jumbled, so I’m straightening my book.”
This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. In fact. by the time William H. had finished Mary Poppins and Marian had finished her book they were both full of words of love and decided to get married and after the wedding they moved in to All This and Heaven, Too.
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The Quarter Horse
by Jacquie Granath
The quarter horse – that’s a funny name. You would probably like to know where they got such a name, so I will tell you, plus a few other facts.
They got the name from their ancestors, who were taught to run a quarter of a mile. They then came West and are now used on the range to round up cattle.
Their weight is about 1,500 pounds and they are fifteen hands tall. They are of muscular build and can stop at a moment’s notice.
One of these famous horses is Silvertone. He has seventy-two foals.
Many thanks to all who wrote letters concerning my first issue of Ting-a-Ling. I hope the second issue will earn me still more replies. I also enjoyed the many amateur papers I received since joining the N. A. P. A.
An Occasional Amateur Paper
Sue Moitoret, Editor and publisher.