The Tutor

by Carolyn Wells

The Tutor by Carolyn Wells

A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to teach two young tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor,
“Is it harder to toot, or
To tutor two tooters to toot?”

  — Carolyn Wells

From The Jingle Book. The Macmillan Company. Illustration by Oliver Herford.

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From The Jingle Book

The Jingle Book, published in 1899, was Carolyn Wells second book, and her first poetry book, a collection of more than four dozen humorous poems and stories in verse, including the tongue-twister poems “The Tutor” and “The Butter Betty Bought.”

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About the Author

Carolyn Wells was an American writer and poet who lived from 1862 to 1942. She wrote a total of more than 170 books. During the first ten years of her career, she concentrated on poetry, humor, and children’s books before devoting herself to writing mysteries.

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