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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 19 of 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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 149, 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
Comment 13 of 149, added on January 5th, 2005 at 10:42 AM.

I love this poem. My mom also used to read this poem to us too.

Olivia from United States
Comment 12 of 149, added on October 29th, 2004 at 8:11 AM.

james whitcoomb riley is the best poet that i have ever read i especially
love the little orphan annie poems.

John from United States
Comment 11 of 149, added on October 28th, 2004 at 8:43 PM.

I have two sets of great memories of Little Orphant Annie. My first memory
is of my older cousin reciting this poem to me when I was very little.
What a wonderful scary feeling! The other memory is when I read the poem
to my little son years later. I will never forget his big eyes as the poem
progressed. Tomorrow I will read it to my 3rd graders. I can hardly wait.

Anne from United States
Comment 10 of 149, added on October 26th, 2004 at 9:05 PM.

I memorized this poem when I was eight years old. I loved it. Now I am
teaching third graders and looked for it so I could share it with them.
And here it is! I can hardly wait to read it to them tomorrow.

Marcella Childers 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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