Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
Fri, 30 Jan 2009
BOY BENNY AND THE CLOCK, TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, BOY BENNY AND THE CLOCK|
| BOY BENNY AND THE CLOCK
| Boy Benny
was left all alone, for mother was doing her work.
She had given Boy Benny his toys and his books
to play with in his playroom.
But Benny grew
tired of playing and wished he had someone to talk
"Oh dear!" he cried, "I do wish Mother would
come. I'm tired of being alone with no one
speak to me."
Just then the clock on the shelf struck the hour.
Boy Benny looked up.
The clock was ticking the
believe you could talk if you tried," he said
to the clock.
"Of course I could," ticked the
clock in a clear, sweet
you really talk?" cried Boy Benny, as he skipped
over to the clock and put his
hands out to
Benny, I have often wanted to talk to you, but I
did not know if you would like it."
yes," cried Benny. "Of course I like it. Please do
go on talking."
"Well little boy, do you see that although I am
only a clock - I have a face?"
Boy Benny was
just going to say, oh yes, but your face is flat
and round - not a real
face, but he just
stopped himself in time, for fear the clock might
think him rude.
So the clock went on, "Yes, and do you see that I
have hands as well?"
"Yes, yes, a face and
hands, just as I have," cried Boy Benny, jumping
look," went on the clock, "My hands are not both
the same size.
One is long and the other is
short. The long one is much bigger than the short
are alike," said Boy Benny, "Why are your hands not
"So that you will know one hand
from the other. My long hand does much more work
than the little one," said the
more, Mr Clock?"
"Well, Boy, my long hand moves
round my face stroking it and smoothing it, as many
as it can. But the
baby hand moves very slowly, while it is going
round my face once its big
brother goes round twelve
"But, Mr. Clock, mother told me
my hands would get bigger. Perhaps your baby hand
will grow up and move faster."
I'm afraid not. If it did it would upset its big
brother very much."
"What are all the
letters around your face for Mr.
"Well they are not
really letter's but numbers Benny Boy. Come quite
close and you will see them. This is the number
one," and the clock did its best to make Number I
nod to Boy Benny.
see it, I see it, go on Mr Clock."
"Now look at
the next. It is number two, II, and the next -
number, III, and the next again is number four,
Mr Clock, the next one is a letter, though you said
they are all numbers!
"Ah, little boy, it looks
like the letter V, but it really means number
"And the next is five and one - VI and that makes
six," cried Boy Benny with glee.
"That is right,
and the next is seven, V and II make seven, and
next again is eight, V and III is
"Oh, what fun!" cried Boy. "Why, you have little
adding-up sums all around your face."
nearly all round, you bright little boy! But just
look at the next one."
"I see, I see, but it is
made of a I and a
here the X stands for ten, and this time you take
one away from the ten.
What does it leave?
"I know, I know, it leaves, it leaves - it leaves
eight. Is that right?"
"No dear, not quite, one
from ten leaves -
Benny cried quickly, "Nine, nine, nine!"
well, dear, but try not to shout, or someone will
come before we finish our little
right Mr. Clock, I'll try to speak
"So can you tell me the next
yes that is easy - X for ten. We said that just
"But have you noticed something about the
X Benny, look at it hard, can you see two
Boy Benny looked and looked.
Then suddenly he noticed that the X was two fives
joined in the middle. "I can see them! I can see
them! Look there is a V at the top and a V at the
bottom, and two fives joined together make
"Why you are a clever Boy, that's quite
right, and the next two are little adding up sums
X and I makes eleven and X and II
"Now can you tell me about your Tick Tock inside
you means?" cried Boy Benny.
"I'm afraid there
will not be time to tell you before mother comes
with your tea."
And just then the door was
opened and mother came in softly, for fear Benny
There he was curled
up in the chair, he opened his eyes a little and
"Tick-tock, tell me about the
"Yes dear, another time, said mother.
"Come and wash your hands, ready for your tea.
We are going to have cake and - well - what do
"Let me guess, let me guess. I know,
I know, strawberries and cream!" and off Boy
Benny ran to the bathroom to wash his hands and
He had forgotten all about the tick-tock
and was now concentrating on the strawberries and
Yummy, yummy, yum
never seen a clock like this ever, and as you know
Diddily is very old. I wonder who uses a clock like
this? Do you think it could be a 24 hour clock and
that is why there are 24 Roman Numerals. Very, very
I wonder if anyone out there can
see a terrible fire hazard in the room where Boy
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