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I was lucky not only 1 poem, but 2.  The second one is the one I had seen
before. I also included one that a friend sent "If you give a mother a
muffin".  Thought you would enjoy that also.  Thanks to all that helped me
find it.
If you give a child a book
            Such wonders are in store
      Once they read a little bit
            They'll want to read some more.
      If you read a child a tale
            They'll want to search and look
      For yet another one of those
            Enticingly juicy books.
      If you teach a child to read
            You'll open up their mind
      The world will be an open book
            Oh the wonders they will find.
Laurel Weaver

If You Give a Child a Book

By Dr. Pam Farris

If you give a child a book, he's going to want to read it.
And as he reads, he's going to think about what he's reading.
And as he thinks, he going to recall what he already knows and similar
experiences he's had.
And as he thinks about those experiences, he going to want to write.
And as he writes, he going to want to talk to his friends and share his
thoughts and ideas with them.
And as he talks with others, he's going to want to learn and discover more.
So, chances are he'll find another book to read.
And then another...and another.
And as he reads more books, he'll discover books that make him smile, laugh,
cry, angry, curious, frustrated, contented, thoughtful, happy.
And then, as time passes, he'll become a lifelong reader.

Thanks to the teacher who gave a child a book.

If You Give A Mom A Muffin

If you give a Mom a muffin,
She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She'll pour herself some.
The coffee will get spilled by her three year old.
She'll wipe it up.

Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks.
She'll remember she has to do some laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over some snow boots and bump into the
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan
dinner for tonight.

She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She will look for her cookbook (101 Things to Make with a
Pound of
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.

The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by
her two year old.
She'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two year old.
While she is changing the two year old the phone will
Her four year old will answer it and hang up.

She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come for
coffee on Friday.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to
have a cup.
She will pour herself some.

And chances are......
If she has a cup of coffee......
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Brenda Steffens, Librarian
Morgan County R-I School
701 N. Oak Street
Stover, MO  65078
573-377-2217 ext 232
"The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page." Anonymous

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