When Mother Reads to Me

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    I can climb the highest mountains
    and look down upon each town;
    I can sail on every ocean,
    laugh at all the silly clowns …
    when Mother reads to me.
    I can laugh away my worries
    on a dark and stormy night;
    I can kill a fearsome dragon
    as a strong and fearless knight …
    when Mother reads to me.
    I can talk with all the animals,
    walk with mighty kings,
    go to places near and far,
    and see the strangest things …
    when Mother reads to me.
    I can be an astronaut in space,
    the pilot of a plane;
    I can fight and lick a forest fire;
    I can travel on a train …
    when Mother reads to me.
    I’ve made a lot of special friends
    who are always there with me.
    I’m never, ever all alone—
    ’cause Mother reads to me!

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Richard Hull