Little children, never give
Pain to things that feel and live:
Let the gentle robin come
For the crumbs you save at home,—
As his meat you throw along
He’ll repay you with a song;
Never hurt the timid hare
Peeping from her green grass lair,
Let her come and sport and play
On the lawn at close of day;
The little lark goes soaring high
To the bright windows of the sky,
Singing as if ’twere always spring,
And fluttering on an untired wing,—
Oh! let him sing his happy song,
Nor do these gentle creatures wrong.


Vintage poem for kids, written by anonymous, edited by Hamilton Wright Mabie, Edward Everett Hale, and William Byron Forbush


Kindness, Empathy

1. Why do you think it’s important to be kind to animals?

2. Think of an animal. Can you imagine being that animal for a day? How would you like humans to treat you, if you were that animal?