Market Square and Covid-19

Covid-19 is going to change the world and we can either let it be positive or allow it to destroy us.

Ida May is now home from school. Her school hasn’t closed because it is a government school and must stay open unless the Tasmanian Government mandates a closure. However if a parent is able to, and wishes to, students can be withdrawn by parents and this will take a lot of pressure off teachers and the parents who can not self isolate.

So I am going to start helping Ida May with her school work. Starting today and continuing every Thursday I will recite a poem and she will be asked to investigate some things that arise from the poem.

I begin with more of A.A.Milne.

 

Market Square

I had a penny,
A bright new penny,
I took my penny
To the market square.
I wanted a rabbit,
A little brown rabbit,
And I looked for a rabbit
‘Most everywhere.

For I went to the stall where they sold sweet lavender,
(“Only a penny for a bunch of lavender!”).
“Have you got a rabbit, ‘cos I don’t want lavender?”
But they hadn’t got a rabbit, not anywhere there.

I had a penny,
And I had another penny.
I took my pennies
To the market square.
I did want a rabbit,
A little baby rabbit,
And I looked for rabbits
‘Most everywhere.

And I went to the stall where they sold fresh mackerel,
(“Now then! Tuppence for a fresh-caught mackerel!”).
“Have you got a rabbit, ‘cos I don’t like mackerel?”
But they hadn’t got a rabbit, not anywhere there.

I found a sixpence,
A little white sixpence.
I took it in my hand
To the market square.
I was buying my rabbit,
I do like rabbits),
And I looked for my rabbit
‘Most everywhere.

So I went to the stall where they sold fine saucepans,
(“Walk up, walk up, sixpence for a saucepan!”).
“Could I have a rabbit, ‘cos we’ve got two saucepans?”
But they hadn’t got a rabbit, not anywhere there.

I had nuffin’,
No, I hadn’t got nuffin’,
So I didn’t go down
To the market square;
But I walked on the common,
The old-gold common…
And I saw little rabbits
‘Most everywhere!

So I’m sorry for the people who sell fine saucepans,
I’m sorry for the people who sell fresh mackerel,
I’m sorry for the people who sell sweet lavender,
‘Cos they haven’t got a rabbit, not anywhere there!

Dear Ida May,

I think it would be fun to get a printout of the poem and paste it in a project book and then you can practice writing answers to the questions I am going to ask and to other things that Mummy or Daddy might suggest.

So back when this was written a penny would be like a dollar. If you had a dollar and you went to the market what would you spend your dollar on? Or two dollars? Or five dollars?

Do you have a market near where you are? What is it called and is there a big one on Hobart and is it famous?

And what is a common? Where the rabbits are?

Also, pretend that this is part of your Art Lessons. How about you become a Book Illustrator and draw or paint a picture about anything that is to do with the poem.

And there’s a lot more that you can think up by yourself.

Lots of love

Grandpa.

 

19 thoughts on “Market Square and Covid-19

  1. What a wonderful way to home-school Ida May. The poems will become real treasures for her, and I hope you’ll keep the letters along with the poems and sound tracks for her to enjoy again with her children!

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      1. I’ve been having trouble with WP and due to time constraints mostly, not always managing to come by and comment. I have often read on my phone which I can’t comment on……. So not you, just me. All was resolved last night however, so here I am.

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      1. Well, I’ve been meaning to post, so that might be it, but sometimes I lose someone I’ve followed as well and have to do what you just did. I have been planning to post, but interrupted by the plague and changes it has brought. Thanks for coming by!

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  2. If you had a dollar and you went to the market what would you spend your dollar on? Or two dollars? Or five dollars?

    I would spend it on a cute cute cute cute CUTE bunny!
    If they cost more than that I would buy some lavender because it attracts bunnies.

    Do you have a market near where you are? No.

    What is it called and is there a big one in Hobart and is it famous? Yes, it is called Salamanca.

    And what is a common, where the rabbits are? It is somewhere where they live. It is a park.

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