Animal Crackers

Does your mother ever let you choose just what you want for a treat? I wonder if you would choose what this little boy did?

Animal crackers and cocoa to drink,
That is the finest of suppers, I think;
When I'm grown up and can have what I please,
I think I shall always insist upon these.

What do you choose when you're offered a treat?
When Mother says, "What would you like best to eat?"
Is it waffles and syrup, or cinnamon toast?
It's cocoa and animals that I love the most!

The kitchen's the cosiest place that I know;
The kettle is singing, the stove is aglow,
And there in the twilight, how jolly to see
The cocoa and animals waiting for me.

Daddy and Mother dine later in state,
With Mary to cook for them, Susan to wait;
But they don't have nearly as much fun as I,
Who eats in the kitchen with Nurse standing by,
And Daddy once said he would like to be me
Having cocoa and animals once more for tea!

Christopher Morley

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