Friday, June 27, 2008

Poetry Friday: Sugarplum Tree

Today I have a review of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod over at my Young Readers site. The book is newly illustrated by Giselle Potter, but the text is the classic poem by Eugene W. Field. Reading this book led me to search out another Field favorite from childhood.


by: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

      AVE you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
      'T is a marvel of great renown!
      It blooms on the shore of the Lollipop sea
      In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;
      The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet
      (As those who have tasted it say)
      That good little children have only to eat
      Of that fruit to be happy next day.
      When you 've got to the tree, you would have a hard time
      To capture the fruit which I sing;
      The tree is so tall that no person could climb
      To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!
      But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
      And a gingerbread dog prowls below--
      And this is the way you contrive to get at
      Those sugar-plums tempting you so:
      You say but the word to that gingerbread dog
      And he barks with such terrible zest
      That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,
      As her swelling proportions attest.
      And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around
      From this leafy limb unto that,
      And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground--
      Hurrah for that chocolate cat!
      There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes,
      With stripings of scarlet or gold,
      And you carry away of the treasure that rains
      As much as your apron can hold!
      So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
      In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
      And I 'll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree
      In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.
"The Sugar-Plum Tree" is reprinted from Poems of Childhood. Eugene Field. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904.

Roundup is at BiblioFile.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Anonymous said...

That would make for some excellent illustrations!

Care said...

hey! I expected you to have a Thon post! I've been out commenting and I see you've been out reminding everyone.

Also, LOVE the pics in the header of your blog.

Good luck to you, read on! (I've got a mini-challenge for 6 am EST Sunday...)

Jennie said...

Nice! I'm a huge "Wynken and Blynken and Nod" fan, especially the sung version off the Seaseme Street "In Harmony" album!

I didn't know about "Sugarplum Tree" though... thanks for sharing!