Hey diddle, diddle, the cat
and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed to
see such sport,
And the dish ran away with
Except this time…the dish
and spoon do not come back. The cat, dog and cow set out to look for them.
Can the rhyme go on? (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)
Quick! Places everyone!
Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon;
the little dog laughed to see such a sport and the dish ran away with the
spoon. Oh no! The dish really ran away with the spoon.
How will the rhyme go on without dish and spoon? Grumpy dog, cat
and cow go off to look for them. Lo and behold they come to a fork
(real) in the road. The fork draws a map to help them. After
a visit with little boy blue, Miss Muffet’s spider, the big bad wolf, and
jack and the beanstalk and barely sparing their lives, they finally find
dish and spoon. But, there is only one problem. Dish is broken
all into pieces. (Lisa Conrath, South
Carolina Book Awards, 2006)