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Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Cat

by Kathy Kenney-Marshall
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Tinkle, Tinkle Little Cat by Kathy Kenney-Marshall

(Sing to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Tinkle, tinkle, little cat.
Why’d you mess the floor like that?
Mom just used her brand new mop.
Kitty cat, you’d better stop.
What goes on inside your head?
Use your litter box instead.

Naughty, Naughty, little cat.
Why’d you scratch the couch like that?
Then you scratched up Dad’s new chair.
Our clean laundry’s everywhere.
Even though I love you most.
Next time use your scratching post.

Sprinkle, sprinkle rug shampoo.
What’s a kid like me to do?
When you make a mess like that,
You are such a naughty cat.
Mom says if you mess once more,
Kitty cat goes out the door!

  — Kathy Kenney-Marshall

Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved. From Oh My Darling Porcupine: And Other Silly Sing-Along Songs. Meadowbrook Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Oh My Darling Porcupine: And Other Silly Sing-Along Songs

This anthology contains 20 funny songs by Bruce Lansky and his gaggle of Giggle Poets. The songs were tested by a panel of 500 school children and graded “hilarious.” Kids can sing these silly songs without any sheet music because all of the songs were written to familiar tunes (like “Oh, Susanna,” and “This Land is Your Land”). Each page contains charming four-color illustrations by Stephen Carpenter.

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About the Author

I am a writer, teacher, wife, mother, and grandmother; not in that order! I have been a teacher for 31 years and have always loved to write. I supposed I started writing all the way back in elementary school in Methuen, MA, a then smallish town just about 30 north of Boston. I used to make up stories, then poems here and there. But when I really became a more avid writer was when I was teaching third grade in Framingham. It was time to teach poetry, it was April after all, and I thought about how silly it was of me to expect my students to just “write a poem,” without any direction or ideas about how. So…I began my own journey of learning about this craft. I learned with my students and then the love of poetry grew! I found that kids can really relate to the everyday things they know about and they definitely LOVE when a poem makes them laugh or even feel sad. I found myself needing to keep a notebook by my bed at night because I had so many ideas day and night! I was published in many anthologies of children’s funny poetry through Meadowbrook Press. I was included in: If Kids Ruled the School, Rolling in the Aisles, Oh My Darlin’ Porcupine, Dinner With Dracula, I’ve Been Burping In The Classroom, What I Did On My Summer Vacation, and My Teacher’s In Detention. I also co-wrote a book called, What Women Don’t Know About Growing Older.

I was also a weekly columnist in the MetroWest Daily News back when newspapers were offered mostly in print. I wrote op/ed columns about everyday life happenings…and believe me, as a mother of three at that time as well as being a teacher, there was a LOT to write about. I usually wrote with humor in mind because even when things are tough, there is always something we can laugh at in our lives. When the internet began publishing newspapers online, well, my columns became bi-weekly, then monthly, until papers weren’t big enough to add columns like mine. So I took some of my columns and other short pieces and published a book called, Crumbs From The Table Of Life.

At this point in my life, I am still writing poetry, but am considering a book of short stories. You’re never too old to write!!

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