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Alternative Nursery Rhymes
For Children

By Josie Whitehead

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By Josie Whitehead

There Was a Young Woman

There was a young woman

     Who lived in a flat 

With her two lovely children:

     Kevin and Pat.


She gave them some soup

     And some nice crusty bread 

Then kissed them both sweetly

     And tucked them in bed.

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You will know the original rhyme:  'There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.  (Lived in a   . . .  s h o e?????)  She had so many children she didn't know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread and spanked them all soundly and sent them to bed.'  Oh how cruel.  It has since been changed to: 'She gave them some broth and plenty of bread and kissed them all fondly . . .'  Of course they changed it, but so have I.  How would you change it?  Josie 

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