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Laura E. Richards

1850 - 1943

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards was an American writer who wrote over 90 books and poems. Some of her works were written for children, one such especially well-known poem is her literary nonsense verse, "Eletelephony." Richards also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1917 for the biography she co-authored with her sisters about the life of their mother, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910.


The Coming of the King

Some children were at play in their play-ground one day, when a herald rode through the town, blowing a trumpet, and crying aloud, “The King! the King passes by this road to-day. Make ready... [+]



Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now... [+]


The Golden Windows

All day long the little boy worked hard, in field
and barn and shed, for his people were poor farmers, and could not pay a workman; but at sunset there came an hour that was all his own, for his... [+]



The black cat sat
In the fat man’s hat;
“Oh, dear!” the fat man said.
“May the great gray bat
Catch the bad black cat
Who has left me no hat
For my head!”... [+]


Swing Song

As I swing, as I swing,
Here beneath my mother’s wing,
Here beneath my mother’s arm,
Never earthly thing can harm.
Up and down, to and fro,
With a steady sweep I go,... [+]