Heather wanted to tie her shoe.
But because Heather was only two,
She made a big loop with one white lace
And wound the other around in place.
But she couldn’t pull the end through quite
Because she had wound it out of sight.
When Heather pulled on the big white loop,
The whole thing fell apart—kerploop!
But Heather, being only two,
Began again to tie her shoe.
She criss-crossed once
and criss-crossed again,
Then wound them around while she counted to ten.
Then Heather picked
up one white shoelace
And pushed it into
the first left space
And, surprise, the strings
all stayed in place.
What a funny way to tie a shoelace!
But Heather was smiling—
she’d tied her own shoe!
She’d tied her own shoe,
and she was only two!
(And Heather decided that that would do.)

[illustration] Illustrated by Virginia Sargent