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Nutshell Library

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Nutshell Library (Caldecott Collection)
by Maurice Sendak

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One Was JohnnyPierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue


September 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment


Really Rosie

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell Kids

There was once a boy named Pierre
Who only would say, I don’t care!
Read his story,
my friend,
for you’ll find
At the end that
a suitable Moral
lies there

[Chapter I]

One day his mother
said, When Pierre
climbed out of bed

-Good morning,
darling boy,
you are my only joy

Pierre said

I don’t care!

-What would you like to eat?

-I don’t care!
-Some lovely cream of wheat?

-I don’t care!
-Don’t sit backwards
in your chair

-I don’t care!
-Or pour syrup
on your hair
-I don’t care!
-You are acting like a clown
-I don’t care!
-And we have
to go to town
-I don’t care!
-Don’t you want
to come, my dear?
-I don’t care!
-Would you
rather stay
right here?
-I don’t care!
So his mother left him there

[Chapter II]

His father said-
Get off your head
Or I will march
you up to bed!
Pierre said
I don’t care!
-I would think that you
could see
-I don’t care!
-Your head
is where your
feet should be!
-I don’t care!
-If you
keep standing
upside down
-I don’t care!
-We’ll never
get to town
-I don’t care!
-If only
you would say,
I care
-I don’t care!
-I’d let you fold
the folding chair
-I don’t care!
-So his parents
left him there
They didn’t
take him anywhere

[Chapter III]

Now as
the night
began to fall
A hungry lion
paid a call
He looked Pierre
right in the eye
And asked him
if he’d like to die
Pierre said-I don’t care!
-I can eat you,
don’t you see?
-I don’t care!
-And you
will be
inside of me
-I don’t care!
-Then you will never
have to bother
-I don’t care!
-With a mother
and a father
-I don’t care!
-Is that all you
have to say?
-I don’t care!
-Then I’ll eat you,
if I may
-I don’t care!
So the lion ate Pierre

[Chapter IV]

Arriving home at
six o’clock
His parents had
a dreadful shock!
They found
the lion sick
in bed and cried
-Pierre is surely dead!
They pulled the
lion by the hair
They hit him with
the folding chair
His mother asked
-Where is Pierre?
The lion answered
-I don’t care!
His father said
-Pierre’s in there!

[Chapter V]

They rushed
the lion into town
The doctor
shook him upside,
and down
And when the lion
gave a roar
Pierre fell out
upon the floor
He rubbed his eyes
and scratched his head
And laughed
he wasn’t dead
His mother cried
and held him tight
His father asked
-Are you alright?
Pierre said-I am feeling fine
Please take me home,
it’s half past nine

The lion said
-If you would care
To climb on me,
I’ll take you there
Then everyone looked at Pierre
Who shouted
-Yes, indeed, I care!
The lion
took them
home to rest
And stayed on as
a weekend guest
The moral of Pierre is: CARE!

September 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment