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What is the name of the childrens book about the " Little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. when she was good she was very very good...

Asked by bunnylennox (8points) June 28th, 2009
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cyn's avatar

can you describe a bit more about the book….please…

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TheWatcher's avatar

Mother goose nursery rhymes.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s a little ditty by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and can probably be found in a collection of his poetry. It is often, wrongly, attributed to Mother Goose.

There Was a Little Girl
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Ugh, I hated that poem when I was a kid! My mom and grandmom used to always say to to me when I was in time out. Or when they were talking about something I had done that was bad at any point in the past. They said it as a joke, but it always made me feel like they were reciting it about me.

gailcalled's avatar

@La_chica_gomela: So often adults do not realize how cruel it is to tease a young child. It is really a cheap shot.

TheWatcher's avatar

Aye. I remember georgie porgy pudding pie, kissed the girls and made them cry ;...(

Jeruba's avatar

@gailcalled, I never knew that was a Longfellow verse. That’s a surprising new fact for my trove.

Supacase's avatar

@La_chica_gomela My mom said it all the time and it clearly was in reference to me. I have caught myself saying it in regards to my daughter as she goes through the twos and threes, but stopped myself once I remembered how much I hated it as a child.

bunnylennox's avatar

Thanks so much~~! My mother always said this to me too!! And I remember a book with it in it as well….

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@bunnylennox: Yeah, I would swear it was in a book! I still remember that ugly child. I swear in my book she had green skin… yechl

TheWatcher's avatar

Mines was blue skin…

gailcalled's avatar

It would have been in lots of books about verses for kids. Skin color is irrelevant.

janbb's avatar

I got that quoted to me all the time too and never knew it was Longfellow. I hated it!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@gailcalled: It wasn’t irrelevant to me! That nena was ugly!

kerryyylynn's avatar

I remember reading that book when I was young. It also contained the poem about what little girls and boys were made of, including “Sugar and spice and everything nice” and “Snips and snails and puppy dog tails”.

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