Jelly Jake and Butter Bill – a READ ALOUD Children’s Poem by Leroy Jackson


JELLY JAKE AND BUTTER BILL (Evergreen Tales theme music playing) Jelly Jake and Butter Bill
One dark night when all was still Pattered down the long, dark stair,
And no one saw the guilty pair; Pushed aside the pantry-door
And there found everything galore, Honey, raisins, orange-peel,
Cold chicken aplenty for a meal, Gingerbread enough to fill
Two such boys as Jake and Bill. Well, they ate and ate and ate,
Gobbled at an awful rate Till I’m sure they soon weighed more
Than double what they did before. And then, it’s awful, still it’s true,
The floor gave way and they went through. Filled so full they couldn’t fight. Slowly they sank out of sight. Father, Mother, Cousin Ann,
Cook and nurse and furnace man Fished in forty-dozen ways
After them, for twenty days; But not a soul has chanced to get
A glimpse or glimmer of them yet. And I’m afraid we never will
Poor Jelly Jake and Butter Bill. (Evergreen Tales theme music playing.)

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