Margaret and I have increasing numbers of younger friends with small children. Because we care about good parenting, we want to share with our friends some of the benefit of our experience (this trick works especially well on people who actually know our children). In order to complete the prank, though, we need the help of someone who can lay his or her hands on copies of infant books — the kind that kids can’t themselves read, but they love hearing read to them over and over again. And again. “Again, Mommy! Read me, Daddy!”
So we’d be profoundly thankful to someone who can fix us up with that modern classic, Danny Duck. I cite from memory (Nate will correct me if I make a mistake):
Danny Duck loves the water
He belongs to the farmer’s daughter
On the pond he makes his home
But the farmyard’s where he likes to roam
All the animals hear him quack
As he pecks the corn out of the sack
The young farm dog who loves to play
Often chases him away
But out here in the summer sun
All the animals enjoy the fun!
The joy of having that seared in my memory I must share with my colleagues. Please tip me off if you know where I can get a copy or eight.
[29 November 2016 — Correspondent Tracey wants a copy too. She reminds me that the correct third line is ‘On the pond he makes his home’, not (as I had it before I corrected it) ‘In the barn he makes his home’. Thanks, Tracey!]