Quotes from Alice in Wonderland – by Lewis Caroll

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“Do you think I’ve gone round the bend?”
“I’m afraid so. You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”
― Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“The Mad Hatter: “Would you like some wine?”
Alice: “Yes…”
The Mad Hatter: “We haven’t any and you’re too young.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

“The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright
— And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done
— “It’s very rude of him,” she said,
“To come and spoil the fun!”

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead
— There were no birds to fly.

In a Wonderland they lie
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summer die.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

“You’re thinking about something, my dear, and that makes you forget to talk. I can’t tell you just now what the moral of that is, but I shall remember it in a bit.”
“Perhaps it hasn’t one,” Alice ventured to remark.
“Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

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I have been under the weather for a while now. It is getting a bit frustrating. When you see me uploading poems and quotes, you know why.

Cinderella by Roald Dahl

Cinderella

I guess you think you know this story.
You don’t. The real one’s much more gory.
The phoney one, the one you know,
Was cooked up years and years ago,
And made to sound all soft and sappy
just to keep the children happy.
Mind you, they got the first bit right,
The bit where, in the dead of night,
The Ugly Sisters, jewels and all,
Departed for the Palace Ball,
While darling little Cinderella
Was locked up in a slimy cellar,
Where rats who wanted things to eat,
Began to nibble at her feet.

She bellowed ‘Help!’ and ‘Let me out!
The Magic Fairy heard her shout.
Appearing in a blaze of light,
She said: ‘My dear, are you all right?’
‘All right?’ cried Cindy .’Can’t you see
‘I feel as rotten as can be!’
She beat her fist against the wall,
And shouted, ‘Get me to the Ball!
‘There is a Disco at the Palace!
‘The rest have gone and I am jealous!
‘I want a dress! I want a coach!
‘And earrings and a diamond brooch!
‘And silver slippers, two of those!
‘And lovely nylon panty hose!
‘Done up like that I’ll guarantee
‘The handsome Prince will fall for me!’
The Fairy said, ‘Hang on a tick.’
She gave her wand a mighty flick
And quickly, in no time at all,
Cindy was at the Palace Ball!

It made the Ugly Sisters wince
To see her dancing with the Prince.
She held him very tight and pressed
herself against his manly chest.
The Prince himself was turned to pulp,
All he could do was gasp and gulp.
Then midnight struck. She shouted,’Heck!
I’ve got to run to save my neck!’
The Prince cried, ‘No! Alas! Alack!’
He grabbed her dress to hold her back.
As Cindy shouted, ‘Let me go!’
The dress was ripped from head to toe.

She ran out in her underwear,
And lost one slipper on the stair.
The Prince was on it like a dart,
He pressed it to his pounding heart,
‘The girl this slipper fits,’ he cried,
‘Tomorrow morn shall be my bride!
I’ll visit every house in town
‘Until I’ve tracked the maiden down!’
Then rather carelessly, I fear,
He placed it on a crate of beer.

At once, one of the Ugly Sisters,
(The one whose face was blotched with blisters)
Sneaked up and grabbed the dainty shoe,
And quickly flushed it down the loo.
Then in its place she calmly put
The slipper from her own left foot.
Ah ha, you see, the plot grows thicker,
And Cindy’s luck starts looking sicker.

Next day, the Prince went charging down
To knock on all the doors in town.
In every house, the tension grew.
Who was the owner of the shoe?
The shoe was long and very wide.
(A normal foot got lost inside.)
Also it smelled a wee bit icky.
(The owner’s feet were hot and sticky.)
Thousands of eager people came
To try it on, but all in vain.
Now came the Ugly Sisters’ go.
One tried it on. The Prince screamed, ‘No!’
But she screamed, ‘Yes! It fits! Whoopee!
‘So now you’ve got to marry me!’
The Prince went white from ear to ear.
He muttered, ‘Let me out of here.’
‘Oh no you don’t! You made a vow!
‘There’s no way you can back out now!’
‘Off with her head!’The Prince roared back.
They chopped it off with one big whack.
This pleased the Prince. He smiled and said,
‘She’s prettier without her head.’
Then up came Sister Number Two,
Who yelled, ‘Now I will try the shoe!’
‘Try this instead!’ the Prince yelled back.
He swung his trusty sword and smack
Her head went crashing to the ground.
It bounced a bit and rolled around.
In the kitchen, peeling spuds,
Cinderella heard the thuds
Of bouncing heads upon the floor,
And poked her own head round the door.
‘What’s all the racket? ‘Cindy cried.
‘Mind your own bizz,’ the Prince replied.
Poor Cindy’s heart was torn to shreds.
My Prince! she thought. He chops off heads!
How could I marry anyone
Who does that sort of thing for fun?

The Prince cried, ‘Who’s this dirty slut?
‘Off with her nut! Off with her nut!’
Just then, all in a blaze of light,
The Magic Fairy hove in sight,
Her Magic Wand went swoosh and swish!
‘Cindy! ‘she cried, ‘come make a wish!
‘Wish anything and have no doubt
‘That I will make it come about!’
Cindy answered, ‘Oh kind Fairy,
‘This time I shall be more wary.
‘No more Princes, no more money.
‘I have had my taste of honey.
I’m wishing for a decent man.
‘They’re hard to find. D’you think you can?’
Within a minute, Cinderella
Was married to a lovely feller,
A simple jam maker by trade,
Who sold good home-made marmalade.
Their house was filled with smiles and laughter
And they were happy ever after. 

Roald Dahl

Love Dr Seuss

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

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Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
~ Dr.Seuss

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How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

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Stories of mermaids

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This cute little book (possibly preferred by girls more than the boys) has three stories.

The Ghostly Galleon
The Missing Pearl
The Dancing Mermaid

Mini read the stories herself and this is what she said later ‘In one of the stories, a mermaid wanted to dance and in another a pearl was lost. In the story, the mermaid had to go and find where the polka dot sea weed to make her mum feel better. The sea weed can only be found  in a Pirate graveyard. A pirate captured the mermaid but later apologised for being naughty and her mummy felt better afterwards’ …

Well you get the point.

She also loved the pictures

Lovely illustrations with text bubbles and it was easy to read for Mini.

 

mermaid 2

 

 

Mum says -4.5/5

Apologies

We are battling illness and all the other elements and therefore a bit slow on the blogging front. We are reading though. Currently reading Matilda by Roald Dahl. It will take a few days.

High Frequency words for Year 1 in UK

Water

away

good

want

over

how

did

man

going

where

would

or

took

school

think

home

who

didn’t

ran

know

bear

can’t

again

cat

long

things

new

after

wanted

eat

everyone

our

two

has

yes

play

take

thought

dog

well

find

more

I’ll

round

tree

magic

shouted

us

other

food

fox

through

way

been

stop

must

red

door

right

sea

these

began

boy

animals

never

next

first

work

lots

need

that’s

baby

fish

gave

mouse

something

bed

may

still

found

live

say

soon

night

narrator

small

car

couldn’t

three

head

king

town

I’ve

around

every

garden

fast

only

many

laughed

let’s

much

suddenly

told

another

great

why

cried

keep

room

last

jumped

because

even

am

before

gran

clothes

tell

key

fun

place

mother

sat

boat

window

sleep

feet

morning

queen

each

book

its

green

different

let

girl

which

inside

run

any

under

hat

snow

air

trees

bad

tea

top

eyes

fell

friends

box

dark

grandad

there’s

looking

end

than

best

better

hot

sun

across

gone

hard

floppy

really

wind

wish

eggs

once

please

thing

stopped

ever

miss

most

cold

park

lived

birds

duck

horse

rabbit

white

coming

he’s

river

liked

giant

looks

use

along

plants

dragon

pulled

We’re

fly

grow

High Frequency words for Year 1 in UK

Source: ww.highfrequencywords.org

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These are the words a child should know and be able to read quite easily.