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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 23 of 143, added on February 4th, 2005 at 6:54 AM.

My co-worker told me that she read this poem to her children who are now
grown and loved to to watch her daugher's eye widen at "And the gobblins a
Gitcha if you don't watch out"! I'm happy that I found this and am able to
print it out for her. I'm sure it will bring back many happy memories.

Pat from United States
Comment 22 of 143, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 9:11 PM.

My mother knew this poem by heart and would always recite it, with the
utmost feeling and expression, to all the young children any time we had a
campfire to sit around. I managed to get a video tape recording of her
reciting it at a family reunion before she passed away.

Keith from United States
Comment 21 of 143, added on February 1st, 2005 at 9:36 PM.

My grandmother resited this to me as a child. since I'm closed to sixty,
and she's gone, I had always wished I could find it. A friend suggested I
check the internet. Wow, was I surprised! Diane

Diane from United States
Comment 20 of 143, added on February 1st, 2005 at 3:53 PM.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my grandmother reciting this
and other JWR poems to me. She's been gone for a number of years now, but
whenever I read this poem I can't help but think of her and smile.

Roma Cravens from United States
Comment 19 of 143, added on January 29th, 2005 at 11:09 PM.

I am nearing 85. When our three children were 5 to 10, Little Annie Rooney
was an oft repeated request at our bedtime reading period. The ritual was
for them to hang,quietly,on every syllable until I would growl, "an' the
goblins will git you if you don't watch out!" and up qould go a syncronized

R.Willard from United States
Comment 18 of 143, added on January 29th, 2005 at 9:25 PM.

Having been born in James Whitcomb Riley's hometown, we always had his
poems read and recited to us in school. Every year in October on his
birthday, the school children from all of the elementray schools would hold
a parade of flowers and place them on his statue which is located at the
front of Hancock County Courthouse. If you wish to get a copy of his book
of poems, write to the Riley Home in Greenfield, IN. 46140,

Catherine Hilt Ray from United States
Comment 17 of 143, added on January 14th, 2005 at 7:51 PM.

I have loved this poem for so long, ever since I was a liitle girl in first
grade. Our teacher, Miss Nunley, would read a story to us every day.
After she read Little Orphan Annie that was the story we begged for every
day there after. She read it so much that surely she must have read the
words off of the pages themself. Years later I found a book with the poem
in it at a yard sale and purchased it right up. I promptly read it to my
children and any child that would listen over and over again. I haven't
seen the book in ages and have often wondered where it got off to. Truth
be known, I think the goblins snatched it away so I wouldn't be able to
warn other little boys and girls about what might lie ahead if they miss
behaved. Thank you Miss Nunley and thank You Mr. Riley for such a memory
as this.

Darla from United States
Comment 16 of 143, added on January 11th, 2005 at 10:27 PM.

I have a Daughter55,son 52, and another daughter 49. When they were very
young I used to read this poem, and others to them every evening before bed
time. "annie" was their favorite, Buds' Fairy tale 2nd, and the Bear Story
3rd. To this day, they can all still recite, from Memory, "little Orphant
Annie. James Whitcolmb Riley was a very respected and loved Poet from

Kenneth M. Hunt from United States
Comment 15 of 143, added on January 11th, 2005 at 2:28 PM.

My teacher in the third grade, Miss Salm, was close to reaching retirement
in 1956, when she first read this poem to our class. It was obviously a
favorite of hers, and because of her enthusiasm and joy in reading it to
us, we all came to love this poem. So much so that we hand printed the
verses and put them up above the chalk board so that we could read the poem
to ourselves through out the year. I am so glad to have a copy of this once

Vern Naden from United States
Comment 14 of 143, added on January 8th, 2005 at 10:09 PM.

I was so glad to find this poem! I had to memorize it in the 5th grade and
have often recited parts of it and wished I could remember the rest. Now,
that I've located the poem, I can read it to my grandchildren.

Sara from United States

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: Little Orphant Annie
Volume: Complete Works
Year: 1916
Added: Jun 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 23 2014

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