Puzzles

by Janet R. Balmforth


If I Were in Nursery Rhyme Land

This is a double puzzle. First, there are some verses for you to rhyme. The words to fit the blank spaces are in the column [below]. There are extra words, so be careful. Second, different nursery rhymes are mentioned in these verses. Can you identify and say each one?

If I were the woman
Who lived in the _________,
I’d find a soft bed
For Little Boy _________.
If I were Tom Tucker
Who sang every _________,
I’d ask sweet Miss Muffet
For some of her ______.
If I were Wee Willie
Who ran through the _________,
I’d visit the wall
Where Humpty fell __________.
If I were that black sheep
With three bags of __________,
I’d follow that wee lamb
As it went to ________.

school

blue

town

wool

boy

man

house

night

down

whey

shoe

day

Tom’s Pets

Tom lives on a ranch in the West and likes pets. See if you can guess the kinds he has as you fill in the spaces below.

T is an animal that has a hard shell.
O sits in a tree and hoots, “All is well!”
M hangs by his tail in a comical way;
’S grows thick wool for a winter day.
P takes Tom on long country rides;
E has big ears and long antlers besides.
T is a fowl that gobbles and struts;
S is a bushy-tailed pet that likes nuts.

T __ __ __ __ __

O __ __

M __ __ __ __ __

’S __ __ __ __

P __ __ __

E __ __

T __ __ __ __ __

S __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Answers:

[illustrations] Illustrated by Phyllis Luch

Turtle; Owl; Monkey; Sheep; Pony; Elk; Turkey; Squirrel.