Skinny Mrs. Snipkin,
With her little pipkin,
Sat by the fireside a-warming of her toes.
Fat Mrs. Wobblechin,
With her little doublechin,
Sat by the window a-cooling of her nose.

Says this one to that one,
“Oh! you silly fat one,
Will you shut the window down? You’re freezing me to death!”
Says that one to the other one,
“Good gracious, how you bother one!
There isn’t air enough for me to draw my precious breath!”

Skinny Mrs. Snipkin,
Took her little pipkin,
Threw it straight across the room as hard as she could throw;
Hit Mrs. Wobblechin
On her little doublechin,
And out of the window a-tumble she did go.

POEM FOR KIDS WRITTEN BY LAURA ELIZABETH RICHARDS

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

Good Manners, Communication, Empathy

1. Mrs Snipkin did not ask Mrs Wobblechin very kindly to shut the window. What was wrong with the way she asked Mrs Snipkin? How do you think this made Mrs Wobblechin feel?

2. What would have been a better way to ask Mrs Wobblechin to close the window?

Co-operation

1. Mrs Snipkin and Mrs Wobblechin did not agree on whether the window should be closed or not. Can you think of a better way they could have found a solution that made everyone happy?