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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 53 of 173, added on April 19th, 2006 at 1:02 PM.

Back in 1959, my 4th grade teacher would read poetry to us in the
afternoons. We'd put our heads on our desks, and Mrs. Garrett would read.
"Little Orphant Annie" was one of our favorites.
Almost 50 years later I recognize the influence of sharing what we love.
Kudos to all teachers who read or recite to their students.

Karen Maas from United States
Comment 52 of 173, added on March 28th, 2006 at 2:41 PM.

This was my nick-name when I was little and at 2 yrs. my sisters had me
memorize this and I would perform for all our aunts etc.. Bad part was I
thought I was adopted and for some reason that meant unwanted!!

AJ from United States
Comment 51 of 173, added on March 4th, 2006 at 2:26 AM.

I remember this poem with love, like all the others posting on here. I
have a vague memory of it being in a child's book with a drawing of Annie
going up the stairs with a candle - there were shadows on the wall, I think
they were the goblins. I wish I could see this book again, it was so
scary, and a delicious creepy memory to a little kid - that was me!

Patti Swenski from United States
Comment 50 of 173, added on February 8th, 2006 at 3:18 PM.

When our book club decided to have a "share your favorite poem" night, my
first thought was of Annie. My Indiana grandmother used to recite the poem
to me 60 years ago,and I've never forgotten how I loved it. I have two
Riley books (published 1904 and 1905), but not this one. I'm so glad for
your web site, so I can read to my friends about the goblins.

Judy Barbee from United States
Comment 49 of 173, added on February 5th, 2006 at 9:06 PM.

this poem is way to long and hard to memorize!

tayler from United States
Comment 48 of 173, added on January 21st, 2006 at 2:53 PM.

Just yesterday I was spending the last 15 minutes of the day in another
teacher's preschool class and as the kids were all sitting with their coats
and backpacks on, one said "Now Ms. S reads a story" and a number of kids
began to make suggestions. I said " How aobut if I tell you a story
instead....a scary story." They grew excited about the prospect, and I
recited from memory (from way way back when ) this poem. I finished up just
as Ms. S returned. The kids were so delighted. Meeting me on the stairs
later, many said "I liked that story, that was fun, the gobling will get
you....etc." What fun......

charlotte from United States
Comment 47 of 173, added on December 24th, 2005 at 11:51 PM.

I was so thrilled to find this poem. My grandmother would recite it to me
each night before going to bed. Precious memories ~ I recently found a copy
in an Antique store in Tennessee ~ copyright 1905. A real treasure!

Lark from United States
Comment 46 of 173, added on December 21st, 2005 at 10:17 AM.

that is a good poem very deep

Jacob from United States
Comment 45 of 173, added on December 20th, 2005 at 9:11 PM.

I can't believe I found this site and poem. My dad taught me this poem
when I was in 2nd grade. I memorized it and did it for my school's talent
show in 3rd grade. I will never forget the part--- better watch out or
they'll getcha.

Comment 44 of 173, added on December 12th, 2005 at 2:00 PM.

Where did the following originate? "three dreadfuk groans he heerd, and
then a ghost appeared all besmeared from head to foot in purple gore..." I
thought Orphant Annie told the story to the kids.

clark 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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