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Short Stories for Children of All Ages: Grandma and IPedagogical Project  “The Joy of Reading”
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Grandmother and I

 

Grandmother and I

are sitting in the big chair, rocking.

We rock back and forth, and back and forth.

And grandmother hums little tunes.

And her shoes make a soft sound on the floor.

 

Other people have laps too.

 

Mothers’ laps are good
when there’s not enough room on the bus.

Or when you need to have your shoes tied.

And your hair braided.

 

Fathers’ laps are good
when you want to be a cowboy.

Or do tricks.

 

But grandmother’s lap is just right
when you’re having a bad cold.

We sit in the big chair
and rock back and forth, and back and forth.

And grandmother hums little tunes.

And her shoes make a soft sound on the floor.

 

Brothers and sisters

let you ride on their backs…

but when they read out loud to you,

they want you to sit beside them.

 

But grandmother’s lap is just right
when lightning is coming in the window.

We sit in the big chair
and rock back and forth, and back and forth.

And grandmother hums little tunes.

And her shoes make a soft sound on the floor.

 

Grandfathers’ lap are good
after you’ve been for a walk.

 

Or when you want to count the cars going by.

 

But grandmother’s lap is just right
when the cat’s been gone for two days,
and you don’t want to do anything
but sit in the big chair,
and rock back and forth, and back and forth,

while grandmother hums little tunes.

And her shoes make a soft sound on the floor…

 

make soft sounds on the floor.

 

Helen E. Buckley

Grandmother and I

London, Puffin Books, 1994

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