On a walk, I met two dinosaurs,
Their names were Tex and Mex.
They cautioned me about their menacing cousin,
The one they all call Rex.
Tex and Mex love salads,
And nibble leafy, tree-top greens.
But I have a distinct impression,
Rex goes about snatching his meals by other means.
They say their cousin is rather surly,
Ill-tempered, cranky, and aloof.
And advise hiding in holes beneath the ground,
Rex can reach you anywhere else – even up on your roof.
They noted his arms are puny,
But his bite is something fierce.
The force of eleven-teen crocodiles,
Even the toughest, thickest hide his teeth can pierce!
Tex and Mex gravely recommend avoiding cousin Rex,
As he is testy and short-tempered, and rather easily annoyed.
And should you see or hear him coming,
By all means — try to avoid!
I am happy to have met them,
It was nice conversing with Tex and Mex.
But left them hurriedly by the road that day,
When suddenly both exclaimed – “Goodness gracious! Here comes Rex!”
We have received so many notes from readers about how their children love hearing this simple little poem which was inspired by a visiting three-year-old’s two favorite dinosaur toys, Tex and Mex, asking it to be re-read over and over again as many as ten times in a row!
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898) was a mathematician, photographer, Anglican Deacon, and novelist who also enjoyed making up stories for children. He was deaf in one ear, suffered from health challenges, never married, and spoke with a stammer, although supposedly only while in the company of adults while being fluent in the company of children. Despite his health, he loved taking local children on picnics while making up stories right on the spot as he was telling them.
Children love stories, and making up storybook adventures together with them can be wonderfully rewarding family time together while at the same time stimulating and expanding a child’s creativity and imagination.
My story friend Little Red Bear and I most frequently begin a new adventure with only the story title or a prominent character’s name in mind, making the rest up as we write. Kind of like Charles Dodgson did for the children years ago. You may recognize Mr. Dodgson’s pen name more readily — Lewis Carroll — most noted for writing “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass”, among others.
Thank you always for visiting and spending part of your day with us! Little Red Bear and I invite you to gather the little ones, make a bowl of popcorn, sit in a circle on the floor, and make up some stories with the kids. Adventures, fairy tales, or fun nonsense. No limits, only fun, wonderful times and memories.
You may be surprised (and delighted) by what they come up with! — Jim (and Red!)
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