Father Fox’s Pennyrhymes
Clyde Watson ~ Wendy Watson ~ Scholastic, 1971
The beloved nursery rhyme classic written and illustrated by two sisters from Vermont about the stories a father fox tells his brood of 15 kits. We’ve always loved this book in our house because of how each rhyme is accompanied by an illustration that fully and precisely tells the tale, often starring one or many of the fox children. A small and busy feast for the eyes.
Mister Lister sassed his sister
Married his wife ’cause he couldn’t resist her,
Three plus four times two he kissed her:
How many times is that, dear sister.
Ride your red horse down Vinegar Lane,
Gallop, oh Gallop, oh gallop again!
Thistles & foxholes & fences beware:
I’ve seventeen children and none can I spare.
Thomas Thomas Tinkertoes
Upside down & away he goes!
He’s off to call upon the Queen
In blue & crimson velveteen.