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Out of Hibernation

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Four little bears that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones, too
But the one little bear with a ribbon round his neck
He led the others with a "What the heck!"

"What the heck! What the heck!"
He led the others with a "What the heck!"


Three little groundhogs standing in a line
Seeing who has the crookedest spine
But the one little groundhog with a navel in his neck
He led the others with a "What the heck!"

"What the heck! What the heck!"
He led the others with a "What the heck!"

(Lyrics by Talena Winters. Illustrative photo contents by Jude, Noah, and Jabin.
To the tune of "Five Little Ducks".)

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5 comments

  1. For a minute there, you had me wondering whether I had been singing the wrong version all long till I got to the "Lyrics by Talena Winters bit" :)

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  2. Cute cute cute cute cute!!! Love the groundhogs T! And the songs too.

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  3. I echo Dawn - cute! cute! cute! I actually thought you'd written "hiBEARnation" at first. :)

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  4. Hmmmm.....I can't remember the tune for "Five Little Ducks".....is it something that happened since you were little?....or is my memory having a lapse??

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  5. Rohini - Sorry for confusing you! But seriously--what children's song would actually have a refrain that exclaims "What the heck!" over and over? :-)

    Dawn - The groundhogs were the inspiration for this whole post. I looked at them, laughed, and shook my head at their sadly mis-shapen forms. If the groundhog that decides on winter looks like that, I'm bettin' he didn't even try to get out of his little leafy bed, let along dig himself through three feet of snow just to see if his shadow was visible!

    Mom - Well, YOU certainly didn't teach it to me, so I bet you didn't know it. I actually first heard it already-paraphrased on a children's sing-along CD as "Five Little Superheroes", then found out it was a different song when Jude's K teacher sent home a "Five Little Turkeys--to the tune of 'Five Little Ducks'" lyric sheet at Thanksgiving. Now we all know--it's "Five Little Ducks." If you don't know it, Google it--I'm sure you'll find about 10986643 hits on sites that mention it, along with some really cheesy audio so you can learn the tune! :0)

    Luv ya all!
    Colleen - Sadly, I am not nearly as clever as you, or that is definitely what I would have written. I was just proud of myself for coming up with a title that kind of tied the two photos and verses together nicely. Sigh. I'll have to think harder about the title next time.

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