McGuffey Reader and Poetry

The Little Star

  1. Twinkle, twinkle, little star;
    How I wonder what you are,
    Up above the world so high,
    Like a diamond in the sky!
  2. When the blazing sun is set,
    And the grass with dew is wet,
    Then you show your little light;
    Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
  3. Then, if I wore in the dark,
    I would thank you for your spark.
    I could not see which way to go,
    If you did not twinkle so.
  4. And when I am sound asleep,
    Oft you through my window peep;
    For you never shut your eye,
    Till the sun is in the sky.



1. James White has two dogs. One is a Newfoundland dog, and the other is a Scotch terrier.

2. The Newfoundland is a large, noble fellow. He is black, with a white spot, and with long, shaggy hair. His name is Sport.

3. Sport is a good watchdog, and a kind playfellow. Every night he guards the house while James and his father are asleep.

4. In the daytime, James often uses Sport for his horse. He has a little wagon, and a set of small harness which just fits the dog.

5. He hitches Sport to this wagon, and drives over the country. In this way, he can go almost as fast as his father with the old family horse.

6. The name of James’s Scotch terrier is Dodger. He is called Dodger because he jumps about so friskily. He is up on a chair, under the table, behind the door, down cellar, and out in the yard,–all in a minute.

7. Dodger has very bright eyes, and he does many funny things. He likes to put his paws up on the crib, and watch the baby.

8. The other day he took baby’s red stocking, and had great fun with it; but he spoiled it in his play, and James had to scold him.

9. Everyone likes to see James White with his two dogs. They always seem very happy together.

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