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   Aug 10

–Little Stable Tender

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Little Stable Tender: A Christmas Story Plus a Few More

(by Mark Andrew James Terry)

Illustrated and designed by the artist and poet himself, this is a delightful chapbook that consists of lovingly crafted poetic tales and narrative poems with yesteryear charm and engaging author/reader interactions. It is a “must-have” for parents who read bedtime stories to their children.

(A browse upon Pages 14 and 18…)

The first seven lines of “Lily-Lalee deeDoe”:

“La lee la lili la lee la lu,”
she sings and dances while at the zoo.
The beautiful fairy each animal knows.
She wakes them up by tickling toes.
Tickling toes? Yes! Tickling toes.
The beautiful fairy tickles their toes
to wake the animals when they doze.


The first three stanzas of “Christmas Ruckus”:

A-takin’ his dilly-dally-Sally sweet time,
and not payin’ whatever no never mind,
there it was – gret big ole’ raccoon,
and this only bein’ ‘bout nat’s hair ta noon!

The critter musta been a-fishin’ fer a meal;
sum nat’ral grow’d morsel his intendin’ ta steal,
but all heck would bust loose
when that ‘coon winds our goose.

Ma purdied the house with Christmas dooly-dads,
and smells drew us kids like frogs ta lily pads.
Collard greens, cornbread, and sweet ‘tayda pie
musta been candy ta that raccoon’s eye.

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(This chapbook is now available through Middle Island Press, and check out the Little Stable Tender’s merchandise page on Zazzle for great gift items.)

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