Monday, August 27, 2012

The old woman and her pig by Anne Rockwell

This flannelboard is based on Anne Rockwell's version. I usually just tell it - it takes a little memorizing (and it sounds best if you can do it fast in a frantic voice) but it's lots of fun! I did adapt it a bit, because some of my parents would NOT be happy about a story where the stick "beats" people and the rope hangs the butcher.

Once upon a time, an old woman was sweeping her house when she found a shiny quarter. "What should I do with this quarter?" she thought. "I know! I will go to market and buy a little pig." As she was coming home, she came to a stile, a gate with little steps to climb over it. But Piggy wouldn't go over the stile! So she went a little further and she met a dog.

Dog, dog, bite pig! Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the dog wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met a stick.

Stick, stick, hit dog! Dog won't bite pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the stick wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met some fire.

Fire, fire, burn stick! Stick won't hit dog, dog won't bite pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the fire wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met some water.

Water, water, quench fire! Fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bite pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the water wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she met a horse.

Horse, horse, drink water! Water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the horse wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she came to a cowboy.

Cowboy, cowboy, lasso horse! Horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the cowboy wouldn't.

So she went a little further and she came to a pile of hay.

Hay, hay, tickle cowboy! Cowboy won't lasso horse, horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the hay wouldn't.

So she went a little farther and she came to a rat.

Rat, rat, gnaw hay! Hay won't tickle cowboy, cowboy won't lasso horse, horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. But the rat wouldn't.

So she went a little farther and she came to a cat.

Cat, cat, chase rat! Rat won't gnaw hay, hay won't tickle cowboy, cowboy won't lasso horse, horse won't drink water, water won't quench fire, fire won't burn stick, stick won't hit dog, dog won't bit pig, Piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight. And the cat said, "I will chase the rat if you will get me a saucer of milk."

So the old woman got the cat a saucer of milk. Then the cat began to chase the rat, the rat began to gnaw the hay, the hay began to tickle the cowboy, the cowboy began to lasso the horse, the horse began to drink the water, the water began to quench the fire, the fire began to burn the stick, the stick began to hit the dog, the dog began to bite the pig, Piggy jumped over the stile, and the old woman got home that night.


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