DIDDILY DEE DOT'S DREAM
would like to leave you an extract from Lewis
Alice through the Looking
'I read it in a book,'
'But I had some poetry repeated to me much
easier than that,
by — Tweedledee, I think.'
'As to poetry, you
know,' said Humpty Dumpty, stretching
out one of his great hands,
repeat poetry as well as other folk, if it comes to
it needn't come to that!' Alice hastily
said, hoping to keep him from
'The piece I'm going
to repeat,' he went on without
noticing her remark, 'was
written entirely for
Alice felt that in that case she
really ought to listen to it; so she sat down, and
said 'Thank you'
In winter, when the fields are white,
I sing this song for your delight
don't sing it,' he added, as an
see you don't,' said Alice.
'If you can see
whether I'm singing or not, you've sharper eyes
than most,' Humpty
remarked severely. Alice was
In spring, when woods are getting
I'll try and tell you what I
'Thank you very
In summer, when the days are long,
perhaps you'll understand this
'I will, if I can remember it so
long,' said Alice.
'You needn't go on
making remarks like that,' Humpty
Dumpty said: 'they're not
they put me out.'
'I sent a message
to the fish:
I told them "This is what I wish."
The little fishes
of the sea,
They sent an answer back to me.
"We cannot do it, Sir, because —"'
afraid I don't quite understand,' said
'It gets easier
further on,' Humpty Dumpty
'I sent to them
again to say
"It will be better to obey."
answered, with a
"Why, what a temper you are in!"
I told them once,
I told them
They would not listen to advice.
I took a kettle
Fit for the deed I had to do.
My heart went hop,
my heart went
I filled the kettle at the pump.
Then some one came
to me and said
"The little fishes are in bed."
I said to him, I
said it plain,
"Then you must wake them up again."
I said it very
I went and shouted in his
Humpty Dumpty raised
his voice almost to a scream as he repeated this
verse, and Alice thought
with a shudder, 'I wouldn't
have been the messenger for
'But he was very
He said, "You needn't shout so loud!"
And he was very
He said "I'd go and wake them, if —"
I took a corkscrew
I went to wake them up myself.
And when I found
the door was
I pulled and pushed and kicked and
And when I found
the door was
I tried to turn the handle,
There was a long pause.
that all?' Alice timidly asked.
Humpty Dumpty. 'Good-bye.'
This was rather
sudden, Alice thought: but, after such a very
strong hint that she ought to be
going, she felt that it would hardly be civil to
stay. So she got up, and held out her hand.
'Good-bye, till we meet again!' she said as
cheerfully as she could.
shouldn't know you again if we did meet,'
Humpty Dumpty replied in a discontented tone,
giving her one of his fingers to shake: 'you're so exactly like other people.'
face is what one goes by, generally,' Alice
remarked in a thoughtful tone.
'That's just what I complain of,'
said Humpty Dumpty. 'Your face is the
same as everybody has
— the two eyes, so —' (marking their places in the
air with his thumb) 'nose in the middle, mouth
under. It's always the same. Now if you had the two
eyes on the same side of the nose, for
instance — or the mouth at the top — that would be
wouldn't look nice,' Alice objected. But
Humpty Dumpty only shut his eyes, and said 'Wait
till you've tried.'
Alice waited a minute
to see if he would speak again, but, as he never
opened his eyes or took
any further notice of her, she said 'Good-bye!' once more, and,
getting no answer to this, she
quietly walked away: but she couldn't help saying
to herself, as she went, 'of
unsatisfactory —' (she repeated this aloud,
as it was a great comfort to have such a long word to
say) 'of all the
unsatisfactory people I ever met —' She
never finished the sentence, for at this
moment a heavy crash shook the forest from end to
I know many of you will have read Alice
in Wonderland, but I am sure you will be able to
enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glass just as
much. Come on, Give it a try. Mum and Dad
will help, or if your really lucky you could ask
the teacher at school to get one of the older
children to read it with you. Great Fun. xxx
Diddily Dee Dot. xxx