Hickory, dickory dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
When he didn’t come down,
The cat started to frown,
Pondering “what now can I cook in my wok?”
So when the cat went away,
The little mousey did play,
Running out and about,
When the cat left to pout.
Having a ball with the cat in dismay.
But then the cat soon came back,
Chasing the mouse to attack.
Quickly climbing the clock,
He snatched mouse in a sock,
And then cat gave that sock a hard whack.
The little mouse a bit stunned,
Now in a fight and outgunned,
Reckoned all would be lost,
Were he cooked and then sauced,
So mouse whistled for his friend the dachshund.
Cat relaxed now and sunning,
Saw the dog came a-running,
To avoid a big fight,
The scared cat put to flight,
Bawling “This turn of fate is just stunning!”
With the mouse rescued and free,
The dog lay under a tree.
He then dozed there all day,
While the mousey did play,
A happy end for all but the cat, you agree?
Reading to and with children is one of the most beneficial things we can do for them, and asking kids to put their own fun little spins on a classic story or nursery rhyme is terrific to help stimulate young imaginations — and fun!
Please give it a try next time you are reading with a young one, and be prepared for some very entertaining and creative alternative story endings during family time! — Jim (and Red!)
If you enjoyed this little poem, you may also like — “The Rubbly Bubbly Bath”
“While the cat’s away, the mice will play.” – James Arthur Ray
“Cat — A pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.” – Oliver Herford
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