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Analysis and comments on Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

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Comment 13 of 143, 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 143, 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 143, 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 143, 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
Comment 9 of 143, added on October 25th, 2004 at 9:44 PM.

I just loved this poem as a kid back in the 1940's. It scared the livin'
daylights out of me! At night, when the house was quiet and the lights
were low, my uncle would read it to me in the kitchen, with the attic door
only a few steps away.

karen williams from United States
Comment 8 of 143, added on October 25th, 2004 at 6:22 PM.

I remember my mom reading this poem to my sister and I when were so little!
She had the book, sadly I think It's disappeared. I will always remember
how she animated the part "AND THE GOBBLINS A GITCHA IF YA DON'T WATCH
OUT!" Certainly scared us into washing the dishes and minding our manners.
I'm reading this to my 8th grade class - amazing that not one of them knows
this poem! I can't wait to say the gobblin part!!

Mary from United States
Comment 7 of 143, added on October 23rd, 2004 at 10:54 PM.

This poem was published in a book by itself with the most wonderful
illustrations. Thirty years ago when our daughter Melanie was 3 years old
we would go to the public library in our small town. She would always tell
the librarian that she wanted to check out the "globin" book. It didn't
take her long to memorize the poem. I would get it at Halloween and read
it to my second graders. The book finally just wore out and disappeared
from the stacks at the library. I have tried to locate the book to
purchase for myself but have not been able to find it anywhere. If anyone
knows where I might get a copy, I would appreciate hearing from you. I was
so glad to find it in print on this web site so at least I can share it
with my class.

Kathleen Parker from United States
Comment 6 of 143, added on October 17th, 2004 at 8:17 AM.

I remember sitting with my mother as she read this poem to my brother and I
- I couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 and my brother a year older - and
wondering if there were "things" in the attic that would snatch me in the
night. Now that both my mother and brother are gone, finding this poem
brings back many memories. In today's media saturated and politically
correct world, most likely 5 year olds don't hear anything like this . . .

Susan from United States
Comment 5 of 143, added on October 7th, 2004 at 8:12 AM.

My grandfather used to tell us this story when we were wee little. He would
set in his rocker with his pipe bloowing smoke rings then very thoughfully
begin. Not a sound was heard from any of us. Wonderful memory

Kate Raambo from United States
Comment 4 of 143, added on September 8th, 2004 at 4:13 PM.

This is my favorite poem of James Whitcomb Riley and when I was younger my
dad would read me "The Bear Story" and I would always request to have him
read "Little Orphant Annie" also, because he read them doing special voices
and expressions and it was a lot of fun!!!


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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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