There Once Was a Puffin

Oh, there once was a Puffin
Just the shape of a muffin,
And he lived on an island
In the bright blue sea!

He ate little fishes,
That were most delicious,
And he had them for supper
And he had them for tea.

But this poor little Puffin,
He couldn’t play nothin’,
For he hadn’t anybody
To play with at all.

So he sat on his island,
And he cried for awhile, and
He felt very lonely,
And he felt very small.

Then along came the fishes,
And they said, “If you wishes,
You can have us for playmates,
Instead of for tea!”

So they now play together,
In all sorts of weather,
And the Puffin eats pancakes,
Like you and like me.

by Florence Page Jaques

(This poem was previously published in Child Life magazine and then reprinted in The Big Golden Book Of Poetry by Jane Werner Watson (1947). I will continue to try to track down the original issue and year of Child Magazine this lovely poem appeared and report it when I do. Wendy, a reader, noted “Marjorie Barrows who compiled “One Hundred Best Poems for Boys and Girls” was the editor of Child Life magazine”. She also noted, “The book is “One Hundred Best Poems for Boys and Girls” copyright 1930 published by Whitman Publishing Company of Racine Wisconsin.”

I will continue to research when and where this poem was originally published. Perhaps Wendy has found it!

See this post for an update–with pictures from an earlier publishing of There Once Was A Puffin reprinted in, The Big Golden Book of Poetry by Jane Werner Watson (1947).